Safety Element

What is the Safety Element?

The purpose of a Safety Element is to include safety considerations in the planning and decision-making process by establishing policies related to future development. The Safety Element, a requirement element of the City’s General Plan, identifies natural and man-made hazards that may result in personal injury, loss of life, property damage, or environmental damage. 

Since 2012, there have been several updates to Safety Element requirements to include climate change vulnerability and adaptation and greater attention to wildlife and evacuation routes. Pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 1035, all local jurisdictions in California must update their Safety Element upon each revision of the Housing Element or Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, but not less than once every 8 years.  

Safety Element Update

The City of Orinda will be updating its Safety Element concurrently with the 6th Cycle Housing Element update. The existing Safety Element has not had a comprehensive update since the general plan was adopted in 1987. 

Visit the Plan Orinda website for up-to-date information, resources, public participation activities, and more related to the Safety Element update.


Current Safety Element

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (adopted Feb 2018)