Specific Plans

A Specific Plan is a comprehensive planning and zoning document for a defined geographic region in the city. Specific Plans must support and implement the goals and policies of the city’s General Plan, and are typically more detailed than the overarching policy statements provided by the General Plan. In some cases, specific plans are written to supplement the city’s Zoning Ordinance, and in other situations, a specific plan may govern the land use expectations and development requirements within the designated plan area.

The City of Gilroy has identified three specific plan areas to address unique development concerns and/or opportunities. The Hecker Pass Specific Plan recognizes Gilroy’s agricultural heritage by preserving such lands in that area. In the Glen Loma Ranch Specific Plan area, natural resources are preserved throughout while providing a variety of housing opportunities for future residents. The Downtown Specific Plan focuses on maintaining historical integrity of building designs and emphasizing economic stability in the downtown district.  Please use the links to the left for more information.