General Plan and Housing Element


The City’s new 2035 General Plan is a policy document, or “blueprint” for future development, adopted by the City Council to guide future growth in Redlands.
The award-winning 2035 General Plan is organized around Themes (or chapters), which include policies and actions to guide future development.

The seven Themes in the 2035 General Plan are:

1. Distinctive City 
2. Prosperous Economy
3. Livable Community
4. Connected City
5. Vital Environment
6. Healthy Community
7. Sustainable Community

The State-mandated elements of Land Use, Circulation, Open Space, Conservation, Health & Safety, Noise, and Housing are all integrated within the Themes noted above. In May 2018, the new 2035 General Plan won the award for ”Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction” from the Inland Empire Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. 

Interactive General Plan Map (click on link)

General Plan Documents (Adopted December 2017)

Complete General Plan Document

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Distinctive City
Chapter 3: Prosperous Economy
Chapter 4: Livable Community
Ch. 4 Section 4.5: Transit Villages
Chapter 5: Connected City
Chapter 6: Vital Environment
Chapter 7: Healthy Community
Chapter 8: Sustainable Community

Draft EIR
DEIR Appendices
Final EIR

Report on Redlands Community Vision

2013-2021 Housing Element

2013-2021 Housing Element

2019 Annual Housing Element Progress Report
2018 Annual Housing Element Progress Report
2017 Annual Housing Element Progress Report
2016 Annual Housing Element Progress Report
2015 Annual Housing Element Progress Report
2014 Annual Housing Element Progress Report

Housing Element Update

Work on the 2021-29 Housing Element Update has begun. The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan, and is required to be updated every eight years. The Housing Element identifies housing needs in the City, and establishes clear goals and objectives to inform future housing decisions. The Housing Element must be consistent with statewide housing laws, housing element guidelines, and the goals and policies pursuant to the California Government Code. The City’s Housing Element must clearly demonstrate that the City has sufficient capacity to accommodate the number of housing units identified in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (‘RHNA’).

The Southern California Association of Governments has recently provided a preliminary new RHNA allocation number of 3,507 dwelling units for the City of Redlands, consisting of the following household income levels:

  • Very-low income: 964 units
  • Low income: 614 units
  • Moderate income: 650 units
  • Above-moderate income: 1,279 units
  • Total RHNA: 3,507 units

As mandated by the State, the City must begin the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update process to prepare a 2021-2029 Housing Element. Unlike previous cycles, the 6th Cycle update presents new challenges to all jurisdictions across the State on several fronts (including the increase in RHNA dwelling unit allocations to local jurisdictions, strict housing site eligibility requirements, and new housing laws that address local policies aimed at managing growth). 

For further information about the Housing Element update, you may view the City Council staff report of July 21, 2020 (click here). To view the approved Project Schedule click here. The City has retained a qualified consulting firm to undertake this effort, and the full cost of the project will be funded by a Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant from the California Department of Housing & Community Development. For any additional questions, you may contact Catherine Lin, Principal Planner, by email at

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan

General Plan Amendment

From time to time, individuals or the City may wish to amend the General Plan. The State of California allows this to be done up to four (4) times each year. Since the City is limited to four General Plan Amendments per year, each proposal to do so must be carefully considered in advance. Prospective applicants should speak with Planning staff in advance (prior to submitting an application) to discuss their project or idea for a General Plan Amendment. 

In order to process a General Plan Amendment, one must complete an application and pay the required Planning application fees. For further information, go to the Development Process Introduction page and click on the links for the Legislative Application Form and the Planning Fee Schedule. Review of the proposal must include the Planning Commission at a noticed public hearing, and the City Council will subsequently make the final decision.