The General Plan formalizes a long-term vision for the physical evolution of Del Norte County and outlines policies, standards, and programs to guide day-to-day decisions concerning Del Norte County's development. Designed to meet state general plan and coastal planning requirements, the General Plan consists of two documents: this General Plan Policy Document and a General Plan Background Report. This Policy Document is divided into two main parts. Part I is the General Plan Summary, which provides background about the General Plan and reviews the plan's major themes and proposals. This section is a summary only, and does not set official policy. The lengthier and more detailed Part II presents Del Norte County's formal General Plan policy statements in the form of goals, policies, standards, implementation programs, and quantified objectives, expressed in both text and diagrams.