Position In Brief: 

Support land use policies which provide a quality human environment for residents of San Mateo County, including a balanced consideration of social, environmental and economic concerns. 

Support measures which direct growth, control the effects of transportation facilities, maintain, preserve and protect unique natural resources, control the use of hazardous areas, and which meet the housing and social needs of all citizens. 

Support full utilization of a general plan which meets these criteria and which conforms to the adopted Bay Area regional plans and to state requirements.

Support substantial citizen participation in land use policy making.

Position History: 

County position. Adopted1973, revised 1989, 2000, amended 2010, 2016

Policy Objectives:

  • Growth should be kept within the limits of the resources.
  • Communities, in order to be well-balanced, should be encouraged to include a broad range of age, income, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Economic development should provide jobs needed by county residents, and should upgrade and revitalize existing areas.
  • Transportation and other facilities should fit within the established land use plan with higher densities kept along major transportation routes.
  • Local governments should assume responsibility for evaluating geological and environmental hazards, including climate change, for informing the public of such hazards, and for providing protection.
  • Areas of unique natural resources should be maintained in uses which would preserve them.
    • Open space has a value of its own and should not be viewed as a holding zone for future development.
    • Appropriate uses of open space areas are agriculture, forestry, limited recreation, and low-density clustered housing, provided these uses are carefully controlled and preserve the scenic beauty.
    • Tax relief should be provided for property owners in open space areas.

Planning Objectives:

  • Full and consistent use should be made of the adopted plan.
  • The plan should be fully implemented by keeping zoning in conformity with the plan, by utilizing a long-range capital improvement program, and by other means to carry out its policies.
  • Procedures for regular and orderly review of the plan should be established.
  • Coordination of interjurisdictional planning efforts, especially for unincorporated areas, should be encouraged.
  • Implementation of the plan requires full funding and support of the planning function.

Citizen Participation Objectives:

  • Information on policies and plans should be made available to the public.
  • Opportunities for citizen participation should be encouraged within the policy-making structure.

(See also the LWVC and the LWVUS positions.)

League to which this content belongs: 
North & Central San Mateo County