Our current General Plan was adopted in 2011 and won a national award of excellence from the American Planning Association. In many ways, the Plan is still serving the community well, but times have changes since 2011 and updates are needed to response to emerging trends and new State laws. The rise of internet shopping and e-commerce in recent years has meant a reduced demand for physical shops and the climate is changing, making summers are getting hotter and winters less rainy. The cost of housing is also rising rapidly in San Pablo and throughout California, and by law, the City must plan for at least 746 new homes by 2031 to keep pace with projected demand. The General Plan needs to be updated to address these issues and other key community priorities, including jobs and quality of life.