Planning Documents

The Planning Department implements the General Plan utilizing a variety of tools through the application of zoning regulations. Traditional zoning, Specific Plans, Overlay Districts, and special use permits, such as Conditional Uses and Variances, all regulate the use of land in the City.


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.

Hayward General Plan

General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report

General Plan Final Environmental Impact Report 

General Plan Background Report 

Housing Element 2015-2023 with Background Report 


The Land Use Element of the Hayward General Plan (Chapter 2) describes how the City’s Planning Area is composed of certain neighborhood planning areas, including the Mission/Foothills and North Hayward neighborhoods. The General Plan further designates certain significant Focus Areas for the implementation of Smart Growth principles. The intent of the Code is to implement such principles along designated portions of the Hayward Mission Boulevard Corridor.

This Code carries out the policies of the Hayward General Plan by classifying and regulating the types and intensities of development and land uses within the Code area consistent with, and in furtherance of, the policies and objectives of the General Plan. These Codes are adopted to protect and promote the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the community.


Hayward’s adopted Design Guidelines provide specific guidance on architectural and site design for residential, commercial, industrial, and hillside development. The Guidelines are intended to preserve and enhance the desired character of existing neighborhoods while promoting architectural and design excellence in buildings, open space, landscape and public spaces. View the City’s adopted Design Guidelines at the links below: 


From 1987 through 1997, the City undertook the preparation of 16 Neighborhood Plans covering all residential and commercial areas of the city, with the exception of the Downtown area. Land use policies were established in the respective plans and strategies for neighborhood improvements and revitalization were developed and are being implemented. View each of the plans in their entirety at the links below:


In 2015, the City began updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to assess the City's exposure to natural hazards, analyze risk, and identify strategies that can be implemented before a disaster to keep the Hayward community safe. View the plan here:


For more information, please call Planning at 510.583.4200