What is a General Plan or Specific Plan Amendment?

The General Plan identifies and describes long range goals and objectives for the City of Fontana. Projects must comply with these goals and objectives in order to be approved. The City of Fontana General Plan is a very important document, as it represents the City’s long-term vision. It guides all land use decisions in our community and is required by state law. From time to time, an applicant will propose a change in land use to the General Plan. These changes are called “General Plan Amendments.” The General Plan was adopted only after extensive study and public hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Any change in the General Plan must also go through the same process of study, review and public hearings. Some areas of the City develop under more focused regulatory guidance. Although consistent with the City’s General Plan, these areas are regulated under adopted “Specific Plans.” There are 27 Specific Plans located in the City of Fontana, of which, most are residential in character. Like the General Plan, specific plans are adopted only after extensive study and public hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Changes proposed to a specific plan are requested through a “Specific Plan Amendment” that also must go through the same process of study, review, and public hearings. Prior to filing for either a General Plan Amendment or Specific Plan Amendment, Fontana Municipal Code (FMC) Sections 30-83.1 and 30-62(g) requires a “Pre-Application” conference with City staff. Please call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (909) 350-7640 for more information.

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1. How do I find out the status of my Planning application?
2. What is a General Plan or Specific Plan Amendment?
3. How do I look up the zoning for my property?
4. Where is the Planning Case Fee Schedule?
5. How do I change the zoning of my property?
6. What is a Pre Application Meeting or “PAM” and why is it required?
7. What are variances?
8. How do I subdivide my property?