The General Plan serves as the constitution for the City of Maywood and is intended to guide and influence long term planning and development in the city for many years to come. The Maywood General Plan is the document that defines the city's long-range intentions regarding the vision, nature and direction of future developments in the City. The state mandates that every local jurisdiction prepare, adopt and maintain a general plan, and has provided guidelines regarding their scope and content. The General Plan contains goals and policies on what is expected when decisions on public or private developments are presented before the Planning Commission and City Council. The Goals describe optimal conditions; the policies state guidance to facilitate future decision-making providing guidance for City officials. In addition, the city has elected to broaden the scope of the City of Maywood General Plan to examine numerous issues unique or of special concern to the community. The major issues facing the city, which are the focus of this General Plan, include the following:
· Housing Element. Focuses on housing issues and identifies programs to assist residents in need.
· Open Space Element (PDF) Identifies policies and programs for preserving and obtaining open space in the city.
· Conservation Element (PDF) Identifies resources in the city and establishes policies to assist in the management, preservation, or conservation of these resources.
· Safety Element. Identifies man-made and natural hazards which may impact the city in the future.
· Noise Element (PDF) Indicates the existing and future noise environment in the city and provides for appropriate mitigation.
· Economic Development Element (PDF) Encourages the revitalization of key commercial and industrial areas of the city.
· Transportation Element. This element focuses on existing and future circulation issues in the city.