General Plan

A General Plan is the local government’s long-term blueprint for the community’s vision of future growth. California law requires each local government to adopt a General Plan, which must contain at least seven elements: Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Conservation, Noise, Open Space and Safety.

The General Plan is the basis for determining acceptable land uses and related park, road and other infrastructure needs. Zoning and development proposals must be consistent with the General Plan. On July 1, 2014, the City Council approved the Hayward 2040 General Plan and certified the Final General Plan Environmental Impact Report. The plan provides a community-based vision for the future of the Hayward community, and identifies a variety of goals, policies, and implementation programs to advance the vision.

Hayward 2040 General Plan - Approved July 1, 2014

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 Profile and Vision

Part 3.1 Land Use and Community Character

Part 3.2 Mobility

Part 3.3 Economic Development

Part 3.4 Community Safety

Part 3.5 Natural Resources


Part 3.6 Hazards

Part 3.7 Education and Life-Long Learning

Part 3.8 Community Health and Quality of Life

Part 3.9 Public Facilities

Part 4 Implementation


Final General Plan

Background Report


Environmental Review

Adopted Housing Element

December 2014 Adopted Housing Element

Documents Related to the General Plan

Community Survey Report

Staff Contact:
Sara Buizer, Planning Manager