Providing Vision and Direction
In the City of Barstow, the General Plan is the overarching guide in implementation of the Development Code, which defines development regulations and establishes zoning districts, throughout the City. The General Plan was revised in February 2015 and can be viewed here.

In addition, the City completed a comprehensive zoning ordinance to be compatible with the General Plan.  This was completed in July 2015 and is available here.

In 2016, the City in cooperation with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), completed the Specific Plan for the Route 66 Business Corridor and Downtown Business and Cultural District, that can be viewed here. The City has updated the Housing Element of the General Plan.  The adopted Housing Element can be viewed or downloaded here.


Ensuring Conformity and Compliance
Planning ensures proposed projects conform and comply with the City's development guidelines and the State's environmental and subdivision regulations. Ensuring compliance helps to preserve the environment and improve the quality of life within the City.

Planning works with other City divisions, such as Building and Safety, Fire, and Engineering, as well as other governmental agencies, to ensure new development has adequate infrastructure and services. Planning also provides zoning and land use process and regulation information to the general public, including:

Property and business owners




Real estate agents