The Planning Division is involved with a wide range of activities ranging from processing applications for development projects to conducting complex policy and research studies. The Division also advises the Planning Commission and City Council on various topics including architecture/design, environmental analysis, and land use. A central responsibility of the Planning Division is to implement the City’s comprehensive General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The two basic areas of planning include current planning, which focuses on new development in the City; and long range planning, which deals with the long-term goals, objectives, and programs of the City.
The Planning Division staff is made up of professional city planners, clerical staff, and student interns, whose day-to-day activities include the following:
Assisting people at the public counter and on the phone;
Reviewing new development proposals for compliance with the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
Preparing reports for the Planning Commission and City Council; and
Analyzing state and federal legislation pertaining to the environment, housing, land use, and transportation.