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The Policy Plan states long-term goals, principles and policies for achieving Ontario's Vision.  It guides growth and development to achieve optimum results from the City's physical, economic, environmental and human resources.  The Policy Plan serves as the City's General Plan which is mandated by state law.  General Plans are required to include seven elements (Land Use, Housing, Circulation, Noise, Safety, Open Space and Conservation).  The organization of these seven elements, and any optional elements, are determined by the local jurisdiction.  The General Plan is required to be comprehensive in nature and internally consistent.

Ontario's General Plan is made up of nine elements:  Land Use, Housing, Mobility, Safety (including Noise), Environmental Resources (including Conservation), Parks and Recreation (including Open Space), Community Economics, Community Design, and Social Resources.

State law requires that local jurisdictions update their General Plans every 10 years and their Housing Elements generally every five years.  Ontario's last comprehensive General Plan update was in 1992.  The Housing Element was updated in 2001.

In addition to being a comprehensive update to the City's General Plan, The Policy Plan incorporates the goals and policies necessary for the City to achieve its full Vision beyond what state law mandates. 

The Policy Plan is intended to be a long term policy document.  It includes abiding principles for each element, goals (what we want to achieve) and policies (how we accomplish these goals).  Except those that are required by Housing Element regulations, implementation measures are not a part of The Policy Plan.  However, given the web format, links to implementation measures are included in each element section.


The Policy Plan:

Takes a fresh look at the changing circumstances within the City and the region since the previous General Plan was adopted.
Establishes a strong, yet flexible policy base that moves the City towards its Vision.
Incorporates the current City Council Priorities (goals and objectives) into this policy document which will help guide future Council efforts when the plan is updated or revised.
Complies with State requirements for local general plans.
Imbeds the City's governance approach into how it operates and makes decisions.

The Elements and Sections 


Land Use Element
LU1   Balance
LU2   Compatibility
LU3   Flexibility
LU4   Phased Growth
LU5   Airport Planning


Community Design Element
CD1   Image & Identity
CD2   Design Quality
CD3   Pedestrian & Transit Environments
CD4   Historic Preservation
CD5   Protection of Investment


Mobility Element
M1   Roadway System
M2   Bicycle and Pedestrians
M3   Public Transit
M4   Goods Movement
M5   Regional Transportation
LU5  Airport Planning (See Land Use Element)


Housing Element
H1   Neighborhoods & Housing
H2   Housing Supply & Diversity
H3   Governmental Regulations
H4   Housing Assistance
H5   Special Needs


Environmental Resources Element
ER1   Water & Wastewater
ER2   Solid Waste & Recycling
ER3   Energy
ER4   Air Quality
ER5   Biological, Agricultural & Mineral Resources


Safety Element
S1   Seismic & Geologic Hazards
S2   Flood Hazards
S3   Fire & Rescue Hazards
S4   Noise Hazards
S5   Wind-related Hazards
S6   Hazardous Materials & Waste
S7   Law Enforcement
S8   Emergency Management


Parks & Recreation Element 
PR1   Planning & Design
PR2   Programming


Social Resources Element
SR1   Health
SR2   Education
SR3   Community & Leisure Activities
SR4   Library
SR5   Entertainment & Culture


Community Economics Element
CE1   Complete Community
CE2   Place-Making
CE3   Fiscal Decision-Making




Ontario Plan Wins Top Compass Blueprint Award

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The Ontario Plan received the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) President's Award for Excellence for Visionary Planning. The Compass Blueprint awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate excellence and achievement in the four key elements of Compass Blueprint planning: Livability, Mobility, Prosperity and Sustainability. 

Click the link below to view a video highlighting the award recipients.

Award Video











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