Portola Valley's General Plan serves as the blueprint for the Town's future growth and development. It addresses issues of importance to the community, sets forth policies for conservation and development, and outlines specific programs or actions for implementing these polices. In California, general plans must include seven elements: Land Use, Transportation, Open Space, Conservation, Housing, Noise, and Safety. As well as the seven required elements, the Portola Valley General Plan includes a number of optional elements, including the following: Sustainability, Recreation, Historic Resources, Trails and Paths, and Scenic Roads and Highways. Finally, the Town's General Plan includes four sub-area plans for specific parts of town. These are the Nathhorst Triangle Area Plan, the Alpine Scenic Corridor Plan, the Town Center Area Plan, and the Portola Road Corridor Plan.
Part 3 - Circulation Circulation Element: Provides the overall description of proposals and describes in detail proposals for streets and roads.
Trails and Paths Element: Provides a guide to establishing a free and unimpeded network that will allow and promote trail and path use.
1. Trails Element: Plan Diagram A (existing and proposed facilities within the town)
2. Trails Element: Plan Diagram B (existing and proposed facilities outside of the town, but within
the town's sphere of influence)
Part 4 - Environmental Quality Safety Element: Presents 1) an identification and evaluation of geologic and fire hazards in Portola Valley, 2) a statement of official Town policy for the avoidance, reduction or abatement of those hazards, and 3) guidelines for disaster response.
Conservation Element: Provides a programmatic approach for the conservation, restoration, development and utilization of natural resources.
Noise Element: Establishes policies for the preservation of tranquility within the Town consistent with its rural character.
Sustainability Element: A major goal of the community is to ensure the sustainability of our environment. The provisions of this element, in addition to provisions in other parts of the General Plan, are intended to help the community realize this goal.