State law requires every California city to adopt “a comprehensive long-term general plan” to guide land development to meet the vision and needs of residents. The General Plan serves as the principal tool for directing growth while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing, safe, and healthy environment. It represents the efforts of the Paramount community, City Council, and City staff to plan for the future of the City and protect quality of life.
The General Plan is divided into “elements,” one of which covers Environmental Justice. This element identifies objectives and policies to reduce pollution exposure, improve air quality, promote public facilities, improve food access, advance access to housing, and increase physical activity.