California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a general plan. The general plan consists of a statement of development policies and includes a map or maps and text setting forth goals and policies. It is a comprehensive long-term plan for the physical development of the City. In this sense, it is a “blueprint” for development.
The general plan must contain a minimum of seven state-mandated elements, which include: Land Use, Open Space, Conservation, Housing, Circulation, Noise, and Safety. Other elements can be included on a voluntary basis. The City of King’s general plan consists of the seven mandated elements plus an Economic Development Element.