"If you don't know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else." – Yogi Berra
All cities and counties in California are required to adopt a General Plan to guide future development of the community. Within the General Plan, there are seven required chapters or “elements”: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Noise, Safety, Open Space and Conservation. Planning is responsible for the maintenance of the Monrovia General Plan.
"Generally" speaking, the General Plan is a long range planning document typically looking forward about 20 years. There is no mandatory time frame to update or adopt elements with the exception of the Housing Element. In many ways, the General Plan functions much like the Constitution. Actions taken by a city, laws enacted and agreements made by the community must be consistent with the policies of the General Plan to guide decisions to achieve the established goals of the community.
Below are links to pages describing the seven elements of the General Plan in more detail: