Planning Department

Our Mission

Guide land use and development consistent with the 2042 General Plan, Zoning Codes, and related regulations, by providing accurate, timely, and courteous professional and technical services to our customers, to maintain the City’s unique quality of life, protect public safety and the environment and promote economic vitality for current and future generations.

What does the Planning Department do?

  • Performs complex and specialized planning work which may include current and long-range planning, analysis of environmental impacts and mitigation measures, etc.
  • Prepares and conducts studies, and presents recommendations; provides public counter customer service; conducts independent research for special projects; etc.
  • Assists in the preparation of General Plan updates, annexation studies, transportation, and other special planning projects; prepares and amends ordinances; reviews site plans, construction drawings, grading plans, etc.
  • Prepares Initial Studies, related environmental documents; processes ministerial and discretionary applications; maintains records and files, etc.
  • Prepares memos and staff reports; reviews construction drawings for substantial conformity with discretionary approvals; maintains planning stats for the department and generates monthly reports for the City Council, generates diagrams, exhibits, maps, etc.
  • Interprets and applies local, state, and federal planning laws and codes.
  • Develops various studies of land use, population characteristics, general economic activities, and support for the code enforcement unit (Public Safety).
  • Works with the development community and City departments in a positive and informative manner; performs field investigations and prepares reports and recommendations.
  • Assists the State in providing affordable homes, primarily through development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

The Planning Department is located at 918 Obispo Street. 

Every month, Week 1 and Week 3, we are open
Monday through Thursday 7:30 to 4:30, Friday 7:30 to 3:00

Every month, Week 2 and Week 4,
Monday through Thursday 7:30 to 4:30, Friday closed

Guadalupe General Plan

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