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Planning Division

The Planning Division is the first division to contact if you are thinking of starting a new business, adding on to your home, or having any questions regarding your property's use or zoning. The Planning Division also guides the city's physical development in a manner that preserves the quality of life for its residents by ensuring that all new planning programs and development projects comply with the General PlanLocal Coastal ProgramZoning and the performance standards of the Growth Management Plan.

Advice and technical support is provided to the City Council and Planning Commission regarding the compliance of all development proposals with the city's zoning, subdivision, and environmental ordinances.

In addition, the Planning Division does analysis and prepares reports dealing with long-range planning matters, such as demographic projections, open space protection, and General Plan updates.

Development Inquiries

The Faraday Center development services team is here to answer development-related inquiries. Walk-in visits to meet with the Building, Planning, and Engineering departments are accepted; however, we recommend making an appointment to limit wait times and queuing. 

You can schedule an appointment for a development inquiry Monday-Friday. Appointments are thirty minutes in length.