The Planning Department maintains and implements the Local Coastal Program (LCP), General Plan, and Zoning Ordinance, and prepares other specialized planning documents. The department reviews development requests for conformance with the City's planning policies and standards, and conducts environmental review under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The Planning Department includes current and long range Planning, Biological Services, and Code Enforcement. The department provides staff support to the Planning Commission and City Council through the processing of coastal development permits, zoning text amendments, use permits, and other land division entitlements. The department also provides administrative support to the Environmental Review Board, Subdivision Review Committee, and Zoning Ordinance Revisions and Code Enforcement Subcommittee (ZORACES).