The City of Half Moon Bay’s Planning Department is administered by a team of three planners, and administrative staff. The Planning Department has primary responsibility for current planning, which requires the processing of entitlement applications and local administration of the California Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and state land use laws. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Planning Department will route the project plans and materials to appropriate City Agencies (Police, Public Works, City Engineer, Building Department), Local Agencies (Coastside Fire Protection District, Coastside County Water District, and Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside), and regional, state or federal agencies for their review and comment.
In accordance with the Coastal Act, many different types of projects including subdivisions, road extensions, grading, design review, conditional use permits may require a Coastal Development Permit. However, the Coastal Development Permit review process is conducted concurrently with the primary permit review required for each development project.
Environmental review responsibilities are principally defined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires preparation of environmental impact determinations, environmental impact reports, and coordination with other local, State, and Federal agencies.