The Planning Department performs a variety of functions that are intended to conserve and enhance the City’s environmental resources and scenic beauty, to preserve its historic resources and small town heritage, to manage the community’s growth rate, and to enforce the policies and regulations related to land use and development.
The Planning Department is responsible for maintaining and administering the City's General Plan and its individual elements, the Local Coastal Program and its Land Use Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and its Subdivision and Sign Ordinances. The Planning Department provides support staffing for the City Council, Planning Commission, and Planning Director as well as environmental and planning support to other departments within the City. The staff administers the provisions of Measure ‘D’, the voter-adopted residential growth control ordinance. The Planning Department prepares studies and reports on such topics as demographics, environmental review (California Environmental Quality Act), and development entitlement activities.
The Planning Department is responsible for two key functions:
• Current Planning involves the Zoning Map and the administration of the City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) by reviewing proposals that affect the Land Use Plan and General Plan and initiating proposals to implement the goals of the Local Coastal Program.
• Land Use Regulation involves the administration of the Zoning, Signs, and Subdivision ordinances. These rules are developed and administered to preserve existing land use standards and are applied to projects that are generally initiated by property owners.
• Advanced Planning involves the maintenance of the Local Coastal Program and its Land Use Plan, the City’s General Plan and the various elements it contains, and coordinates with regional planning agencies and the state to ensure consistency with the laws that govern land use, development, subdivision and environmental quality.
• The City has initiated the process of updating the City's General Plan and Local Coastal Program. Information on this process and opportunities for involvement can be found on the following website. http://www.planhmb.org/
Planning Department Mission Statement:
To establish and maintain the policy and regulatory framework that will ensure the attainment of the community’s goals for conservation and growth management.
New stormwater requirements went into effect on December 1, 2012. Please see the below links for more information.
2012 Notice to Applicants
All Development C3_C6_Checklist_HMB
Small Projects_Checklist_Site & Design Guide_HMB
If you have questions, please visit the Countwide Program website: www.flowstobay.org