Circulation Element

The City’s Circulation Element is one of eight (8) mandatory elements of the Arroyo Grande General Plan and identifies the general location and extent of existing and proposed major roads, transit routes, terminals, and public utilities and facilities and seeks to make policies governing circulation consistent with the Land Use Element. The Circulation Element sets standards for developing streets and highways, levels of service, multi-modal circulation, and transportation systems. It also coordinates land use and circulation and provides the basis for planning and prioritizing transportation improvement projects and funding.

Significant work has been completed over the past several years, as time and resources permitted, that inform the Circulation Element update, including preparation of existing transportation conditions, corridor and operational studies, transportation model updates, and initial draft policies.

Because of the challenges of COVID, public participation will be through the use of interactive online software. Residents and local stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the update process. A Social Pinpoint website has been established which will allow the community to interact with the map, identifying areas of concern, and add suggestions and comments.   These comments will be reviewed and become part of the CEU process. 

To participate and leave comments, click on the interactive map here.

The Public Draft of the Circulation Element is expected in February 2021! 

2020 Update Process

The City of Arroyo Grande is working on an update to the Circulation Element, due for completion by June 30, 2021. Periodic updates of the Circulation Element are required by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to assure that local governments strive to meet the State’s housing goals. Further, recent legislation has driven change in the way local governments approach transportation and the types of solutions available, including: 

• The Complete Streets Act (AB 1358) 

• Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)/(SB 32) 

• The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (SB 375) and the completion of Sustainable Communities Strategies 

• CEQA Streamlining for infill projects (SB 226) 

• A shift in CEQA transportation metric away from Level of Service (LOS) to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) (SB 743)

What is the Circulation Element?

The Circulation Element is not simply a transportation plan, but rather a strategy addressing multiple infrastructure needs for the circulation of people, goods, and utilities. By statute, the Circulation Element must correlate directly with the Land Use Element, but also has direct relationships with other elements. The provisions of a Circulation Element affect a community’s physical, social, and economic environment, as well as its health.  


The last comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan occurred in 2001. Since then, several updates have been approved to various elements. The last update to the City’s Circulation Element was the Bicycle and Pedestrian plan in 2012.

A draft Circulation Element is expected to be available to the public in late February 2021. Following a public comment period the draft will be presented to the Planning Commission for comments in March 2021. A final draft will be taken to Planning Commission and City Council for adoption in May 2021.  

How You Can Help

Residents and local stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the update process. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public participation and outreach will be restricted to teleconference and various online resources.    

Documents presented to the Planning Commission on November 17, 2020 can be viewed by clicking below:

Final Existing Conditions Background Report can be viewed here.

Draft Circulation Element Update Policies can be viewed here.

Map - Intersection and Roadway Improvements can be viewed here. 

Map - Bicycle Improvements can be viewed here.

Map – Pedestrian and Transit Facility Improvements can be viewed here.

We are requesting that all comments be provided either through the Social Pinpoint site provided above or by sending an email or written correspondence to the City Engineer as provided below:

                        ATTN: Robin Dickerson, City Engineer                   

                        City of Arroyo Grande

                        Community Development Department

                        300 East Branch Street

                        Arroyo Grande, CA 93420


                        Or email 

For more information, please contact Robin Dickerson, PE, City Engineer at or (805) 473-5441.