When's the next
opportunity to get involved?

City Council Hearing

Monday, May 14, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Ceres City Council Chambers
2701 Fourth Street, Ceres, CA

The Ceres City Council will meet to consider: 1) Adoption of the Ceres 2035 General Plan Update and 2) Certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

See the Agenda for more detail.

Welcome to the City of Ceres ​General Plan update website!

​​​​​​​Love Ceres? Have ideas about its future?

  • What would you like to see happen downtown?
  • How can we maintain strong, desirable neighborhoods?
  • Where should new growth occur, and how can it help add to the quality of life?

Here’s your chance to get involved!

Ceres is updating its 20-year General Plan to set a vision and create policies for the future of the city. This website explains what’s entailed in the General Plan update, including the purpose and timeline, updates during the process, helpful resources, and how you can get involved. Please explore this website, check back to get updates, and get involved with the future of Ceres.

Project Status

​​The Ceres General Plan update is anticipated to be completed by late 2017 and consists of eight main tasks. Here is the project status for each task:​


1. Project Initiation

This phase includes clarifying the project objectives and schedule.


2. Issue Identification and Visioning

At this phase, we begin the outreach process with stakeholder interviews, a City-wide newsletter, a mail-in survey, and a community workshop to better understand the community’s key issues, priorities, and goals.


3. Existing Conditions, Opportunities, and Challenges

This phase consists of technical research into land use, socioeconomic trends, environmental constraints, infrastructure and other ​topics in and near Ceres that will inform the General Plan update. 


4. Alternatives and Evaluation

We’ll develop up to three alternative scenarios for future development to be evaluated by you, others in the community, the Planning Commission, and City Council. We’ll have another community workshop during this phase, and you can always submit feedback on-line.


5. Preferred Plan and Policy Framework

Based on feedback from the three alternative scenarios, we’ll draft a “Preferred Plan” with land use and circulation and begin to identify policy initiatives to implement it. We’ll host a third community workshop to explain and receive feedback on the Preferred Plan.



6. Draft General Plan

Based on feedback, we’ll flesh out the Preferred Plan into a full General Plan with all of the required components, including a Land Use and Community Design Element, a Transportation Element, and more.


7. Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will fully assess and make public the environmental impacts of the General Plan. 


8. Community Review and Adoption

You and your fellow community members will have time to review the General Plan and its Environmental Impact Report, and Planning Commission and City Council members will consider adoption of the new plan in a series of hearings.


What's the latest?

At their meeting of April 30th, the Planning Commission recommended the City Council adopt the General Plan and Certify the EIR. 

A revised version of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is available to review in the document libraryThe Draft Environmental Report (DEIR)  and Public Review Draft General Plan are also both available in the document library. The City is also continuing to accept comments on the Public Review Draft General Plan. Any comments or questions can be directed to Tom Westbrook through mail, e-mail, or this contact form.

​Physical copies of the three documents are available for review Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the City of Ceres Community Development Division at 2220 Magnolia Street, Ceres, CA.

Planning Area

​​The General Plan update will address the City of Ceres and the area immediately surrounding the city limits. More specifically, the Planning Area is roughly bounded by the Tuolumne River on the north, Carpenter Road on the west, Grayson Road on the south, and Washington Road on the east.