General plans are just that: "general." California courts have confirmed that "[b]ecause policies in a general plan reflect a range of competing interests, the governmental agency must be allowed to weigh and balance the plan’s policies when applying them, and it has broad discretion to construe its policies in light of the plan’s purposes." But what happens when the language in a general plan becomes ever more specific and mandatory? As some cities and counties adopt general plans with highly detailed policies, these plans can become traps for the unwary.
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