The Advance Planning Section oversees long-range planning for unincorporated Contra Costa County. Advance Planning staff’s primary responsibilities are developing, maintaining, and implementing the Contra Costa County General Plan; addressing issues related to growth management (e.g., the County’s Urban Limit Line); and administering the County’s Williamson Act program. Through its role in General Plan implementation, Advance Planning staff support County planning efforts related to housing, transportation, economic development, sustainability, agriculture, and land conservation. In addition, Advance Planning staff coordinate with other agencies to ensure that Contra Costa County’s long-term planning goals and policies are considered during development of regional plans.
Envision Contra Costa 2040 is a comprehensive review and update of the County's General Plan. The process began in late-2018 and the final documents anticipated for the end of 2022.
The Housing Element is one of the required Elements of the General Plan The Housing Element will include an overview of housing policies and programs and will identify locations that can accommodate future housing.
The Contra Costa County General Plan expresses the broad goals and policies, and specific implementation measures, which will guide decisions on future growth, development, and the conservation of resources in the County.