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Contra Costa County General Plan Update Outreach

PlaceWorks is updating Contra Costa County's General Plan and Zoning Code to envision the county's future and provide simplified and responsive regulations for development.



County of Contra Costa


Contra Costa County, California


  • Community Outreach & Engagement
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Graphic Design
  • Climate Action & Resiliency
  • Zoning & Form-Based Codes
  • GIS
  • Healthy Communities
  • CEQA/NEPA Compliance

Contra Costa County is a large and diverse county; guiding development and conservation across this diverse landscape is challenging given the age of the County’s existing General Plan, which is still replete with the data, attitudes, and assumptions of the 1970s and 1980s. The County’s Zoning Code is even older, with major components that have been in place since the 1940s. The General Plan and Zoning Code Update will significantly streamline both documents and improve their accessibility and usability. The updated documents, along with a parallel Climate Action Plan, reflect present-day issues like sustainability, resilience, and public health, while carrying forward enduring themes of compact growth, agricultural preservation, and economic vitality.

Link to Envision Contra Costa 2040 Online Platform

Link to Contra Costa County Briefing Book StoryMap

The update process is organized around focused planning in dozens of communities and includes over 80 public meetings as well as online engagement tools to reach far-flung residents. PlaceWorks will also prepare a programmatic EIR covering the updated General Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Zoning Code. The process will result in graphic print versions of the General Plan and an interactive online plan to maximize access and understanding. Graphic design components include a comprehensive branding package with a custom project logo, font and color palettes, and outreach materials.