Safety & Community Services Element

From the General Plan Guidelines

"The safety element's identification of hazards and hazard abatement provisions are to guide local decisions related to zoning, subdivisions, and entitlement permits."
-State of California, General Plan Guidelines

Monterey Park Community Safety & Services

In Monterey Park, public safety represents a primary concern to the citizenry. People recognize that a low crime rate, good emergency response services, and limited or controlled exposure to hazardous environmental conditions all contribute to the overall livability of their community. Community safety and service issues relevant to Monterey Park are:

  • Geologic and Seismic Hazards
  • Flood Hazards
  • Noise
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste
  • Fire and Police Protection
  • Utilities and Service Systems

Equally important contributors to community health and safety are the service systems and utility infrastructure. Reliable water and sewer systems, adequate storm drains and flood control facilities, and dependable refuse collection service guard against threats to public health.

Scope & Content of the Safety & Community Services Element

The Safety and Community Services Element addresses hazards in the physical and built environments, and presents goals and policies focused on reducing the potential risk of:

  • Death
  • Injuries
  • Property damage
  • Economic and social dislocation from hazards


The economic and social dislocation hazards include:

  • Earthquakes
  • Dam or reservoir failure
  • Excessive noise
  • Hazardous materials associated with commercial and industrial business activity

In addition, this element also address the fire and law enforcement services needed to safeguard the community.