Current Planning Division

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Planning & Community Development


Submitting a Planning Application

In Person: Come to the Planning Counter, located on the second floor, Room 206, for assistance with a project submittal or to get answers to your questions. Meeting with a planner is on a first come first serve basis at the counter; however, appointments can be made.



It is our goal to continuously improve our website tools to help guide and assist you. Presently, self help features include maps to assist you with gathering your zoning and land use information. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available. You may also talk to a planner during business hours or send a your questions to our general email


Land Use Application Information

The forms listed below (Items 2 - 16) are supplemental to the main Land Use Application (Item 1) and are based on the project type. Please consult a planner for help in determining the specific submittal requirements for your application.

Development Review Information


The Current Planning Division administers a variety of City regulations relating to physical development of the community. 

Duties include:

  • Answering zoning questions by email or by phone at 831-420-5416
  • Maintains and updates the Current Cumulative Project List
  • Reviewing proposed businesses and issuing zoning clearances for permitted uses
  • Reviewing development plans submitted for building permits for compliance with the zoning code
  • Reviewing land use applications such as use permits, variances, coastal permits, design permits, historic alteration and demolition permits, tentative parcel and tractmaps, etc.
  • Preparing staff reports with findings and conditions to present before the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council
  • Conducting environmental reviews and coordinating environmental compliance activities of other city departments
  • Preparing recommendations for zoning code amendments
  • Attending neighborhood meetings to help answer questions/concerns over zoning issues or project details
  • Investigating complaints regarding violations of zoning, housing, and property maintenance requirements and securing property owner compliance
  • Monitoring conditions of approval and mitigation measures




  • How can I find out when a new building/project is being proposed?
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