About the Plan

What is a General Plan?

A General Plan serves as a city’s primary guide for land use and development decisions and is a key tool for shaping and improving the quality of life for residents and businesses. It serves as a “blueprint” for future development and helps a city plan for important community issues, such as quality of life, development, and natural resource protection. A General Plan sets the stage for future social, physical and economic development and addresses issues that impact an entire city, such as how land is used, where buildings are constructed, and the locations of roads and parks.

brief History

The Thousand Oaks Development Plan (also called General Plan) was adopted in 1970. This included the core elements, Land Use, Circulation, and Housing. In the years following other mandatory and optional elements were adopted. Elements have been periodically updated and amended as necessary, but there has not been a comprehensive Update to the original General Plan.

Since the Plan’s original adoption in 1970, many fundamental changes have taken place in Thousand Oaks. A few notable changes are summarized below.


What is To2045?

TO2045 is a community visioning process to update the General Plan. This effort will result in a new 25-year citywide plan establishing strong and visionary policies to help create a prosperous and sustainable city. An updated General Plan can produce many benefits for the City of Thousand Oaks including:

  • Preserve + enhance quality of life

  • Economic growth + long-term fiscal

  • sustainability

  • Provide direction for housing decisions

  • Clear + objective standards for (re)development

  • Transparent decision-making process

  • Environment, health + sustainability

what topics will to2045 cover?

The Thousand Oaks General Plan Update will cover topics that are important to the community including those mandated by State law. These include:

  • Land Use + Community Design

  • Circulation + Mobility

  • Housing

  • Safety

  • Health + Environmental Justice

  • Conservation + Open Space

  • Noise

  • Public Facilities + Services

  • Economic Development

  • Arts + Culture

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Analysis