General Plan Update

City of Lake Elsinore General Plan Update Banner

Each city and county in California must prepare a comprehensive, long-term General Plan to guide its future. The General Plan is a city's constitution for future development. The general and specific policies of the General Plan serve as the basis for the City's land use decisions and provides both the interested public and the decision-makers with a practical and implementable policy vision for the future.

This General Plan includes text describing the City's Goals and Policies associated with each General Plan Element and illustrations mapping the generalized locations of future land uses. Goals are general statements outlining the City's values or intent for particular topics and are open-ended visionary expressions. Policies are statements that help guide the City's actions. State Law mandates that nine elements be addressed in the General Plan: land use, circulation, housing, open space, conservation, noise, safety, environmental justice, and air quality. Identified optional elements include a healthy community element.

General Plan Update

The City of Lake Elsinore is preparing a focused update to its 2011 General Plan. The proposed update will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Update of all General Plan Elements, including changes in land use designations and development densities and standards.
  • Addition of Healthy Community Element.
  • Reformat the General Plan into separate elements, rather than the current format where required General Plan elements are combined into four chapters. The Housing Element, which was adopted by the City Council on August 23, 2022, is not part of the proposed General Plan Update.

The City is also preparing an update of its Climate Action Plan. (Last adopted by the City Council on December 13, 2011)

Ways to Participate

The General Plan is for everyone in the City of Lake Elsinore. The citizens of Lake Elsinore have a vital role through their participation in the General Plan Update process. The City will provide multiple opportunities for you to bring insight, recommendations, questions, and feedback throughout the update process.

In the provided table, view an estimated timeline of the General Plan Update process and community participation opportunities.


Community Outreach Efforts


Ongoing Preparation of Draft General Plan Update

To Be Determined

Preparation of Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for General Plan Update

To Be Determined

Public Review of Draft General Plan Update and Draft EIR

To Be Determined

Planning Commission Public Hearing

To Be Determined

City Council Public Hearing

To Be Determined

Additional Information / Submittal of Comments and Suggestions

For more information regarding the General Plan Update, or to submit comments and suggestions, you may call the City's Planning Division and speak to Richard J. MacHott at 951-674-3124 Extension 209, or email Richard J. MacHott.