State law requires that every city and county adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan. A General Plan represents the community’s view of its future and is often referred to as a blueprint for growth and development. As a result, local decision makers oftentimes use the goals and policies of the General Plan as a basis on which to formulate land use decisions. The City's General Plan is considered “comprehensive” since it addresses a multitude of land use-related issues. It is also considered “long-term” since it is designed to provide policy guidance for the next 20 years and beyond.