Welcome to the City of Woodland General Plan Update Webpage!

This page will serve as your one-stop shop for information about the City of Woodland's General Plan update project.  The site provides up-to-date information, including a description of the project, schedule, studies and presentations completed so far, ways to participate, and contact information.  You are invited to take a look around and share your vision for the future of the City.  Please check back often for updates on the planning process and to review draft documents.

News & Announcements:


Planning Commission Minutes, July 23, 2015
Staff Report July 23, 2015 General Plan
Power Point Presentation, July 23, 2015


Planning Commission Minutes, July 16, 2015
Staff Report Overview and Presentation Regarding Development Scenarios & Draft Preferred Plan

Power Point Presentation , July 16, 2015

General Plan Steering Committee Meeting #5 (notes and summary), June 9, 2015
General Plan Steering Committee Meeting #5 (Power Point)
General Plan Steering Committee "Policy Spectrum" Worksheet, June 9, 2015
Draft Refined Preferred Plan and Policy Discussion Paper,  June 9 , 2015 - GPSC
Annotated Draft Refined Preferred Plan

General Plan Steering Committee Meeting #4 - Notes Summary,  May 12, 2015


Woodland Community Workshop #2, Summary Report for the April 27, 2015 Workshop - June 2015 - Revised
Development Scenarios Analysis Report,10 April 2015.  
Scenarios Workshop Presentation (Power Point)
ACTIVITY 1 - Prioritizing the Guiding Principles
Final Visioning Statement and Guiding Principals

The Development Scenarios Report introduces the second major phase of the Woodland General Plan Update process, in which options for the city’s physical growth and development through the year 2035 are explored.  The Report presents a Draft Preferred Land Use Map, proposed General Plan Land Use Designations, and a draft policy framework, as well as four potential development “Scenarios” that illustrate different ways in which Woodland could grow and develop over the planning period.  The four scenarios show different ways in which new housing, shopping, employment centers, and public facilities could be distributed throughout the city and the rest of the planning area to accommodate a range of possible population and job growth.

The selected scenarios, and the amounts and locations of growth that they represent, were chosen in response to direction from the Woodland City Council on November 19, 2013.  The council requested evaluation of a draft Preliminary Composite Land Use Map that would develop in response to a “draft” set of triggers governing phasing, (location and timing), of new growth.  In addition, Council requested that the scenarios test a range of growth projections, ranging from the low end of 0.8 percent annual growth in housing units to a high end of 1.7 percent annual growth.

It is important to recognize that by varying both amount and location of growth that many more development scenarios are possible beyond the four that are examined in this exercise.  Based on Council direction, choices were made to identify a reasonable range of development options that combine development variables.  The analysis did not exhaust every possible permutation.  Rather, the Scenarios were designed to provide information regarding some key implications and to allow a better understanding how each variable impacts the outcome.  By testing the four “Scenarios”, we are able to gain a better understanding of how we might “mix and match” aspects of the scenarios to arrive at a desired Preferred Plan for growth through 2035.

Because the four scenarios are all based on development of the same land use plan, they all share some important similarities.  At the same time, they illustrate important differences, informing implications for land use and direction of growth.  Each scenario has been evaluated for its impacts on traffic, infrastructure, public services, and the City’s fiscal circumstances, (or “balance sheet”). 


The Development Scenario Report, provides an in depth discussion concerning the analysis of each development scenario and a comparative evaluation and summary.  The Report includes the following: an Executive Summary; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Growth Opportunities and Constraints; Chapter 3: Draft Preferred Plan and Development Scenarios; Chapter 4: Comparison of Scenarios’ Yield; Chapter 5: Comparison of Impacts by Scenario; Chapter 6: Achievement of Vision and Guiding Principles; Chapter 7: Summary of Impacts; Chapter 8: Next Steps; and Appendices. The report will be available for view on the General Plan page of City’s Web site, under Community Development at the following link:General Plan Update 2035.

Members of the Woodland Community will have ample opportunity, through a variety of media and venues, to weigh in on what aspects of the four scenarios they like, what impacts concern them, and how they might balance and prioritize different impacts, including phasing and sequencing of growth.

Next Steps

Identification of a Preferred Land Use Plan and development strategy are essential for the process to move to the next stage, the actual drafting of the General Plan document.  The following is a summary of the next steps in the General Plan Update process leading up to the City Council’s direction on a preferred Land Use Map and key policies:

  1. Presentation of the Scenarios and results of the testing in a series of meetings and workshops for review and discussion as follows:

    1. Public Workshop on April 27, 2015
    2. General Plan Steering Committee Workshop (week of May 11, 2015)
    3. Planning Commission Public Meeting(s)  (June - depending upon scope of the resulting discussion)
    4. City Council Public Meeting(s) (July - depending upon scope of the resulting discussion)
  2. Taking input from the analysis and meetings and workshops, the staff will develop a recommended preferred alternative Land Use Map and accompanying policy framework, which will likely involve components of several of the scenarios.
  3. The City Council will then receive a detailed presentation and be asked to preliminarily approve a preferred Land Use Map and Development Strategy (timing and phasing), and key policy framework for use in developing the Draft General Plan.
  4. Once these steps are complete, the General Plan team will prepare the Draft General Plan and draft Environmental Impact Report.
  5. It is anticipated that more in depth evaluation and discussion with the public and policy makers will be required as the Draft General Plan document is being prepared to refine policy and implementation language in the Plan.  



Contact Info:

Cindy A. Norris
Principal Planner
300 First Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Tel: 530-661-5911
Fax: 530-406-0832
email contactcindy.norris@cityofwoodland.org