Community Development

Current Planning & permit information

The Current Planning Division is the first stop when looking to develop a new project, add-on to an existing home or business, or change the use of a property. The City’s Current Planning Officer who also serves as the City’s Zoning Administrator presides over public hearings for applications, such as standards variances, administrative use permits, and local coastal development permits. 

Need information what can be built or what use is allowed on your property? Contact the Zoning Information hotline at 562.570.6194. You can also reference the Zoning and Land Use GIS Map

Current Planning Duties

  • Minor construction permit reviews (signs, fences, small additions).
  • Major construction permit reviews (large additions, new buildings).
  • Providing information and answering questions from the public regarding zone designations (Zoning Maps), permitted land uses, setbacks, density, height limits, lot coverage, open space, and other requirements & processes.
  • Discretionary land use decisions (Planning Permit Information).
    • Administrative Decisions: staff-level Site Plan Review, Signs Standards Waivers.
    • Minor Public Hearings: Standards Variances, Lot Line Adjustments, Lot Mergers, Administrative Use Permits, Local Coastal Development Permits.
    • Major Public Hearings: Conditional Use Permits, Site Plan Review, Subdivision Maps, Zone Changes.
  • Business License Reviews for Zoning conformance
  • Special Studies for Zoning Code amendments, zone changes and others.
  • Provide Staff Support for the City's appointed Planning Commission.

Current Planning Information

Bi-Weekly Case Filings

Site Plan Review – Approval Status

Zoning Administrator

Administrative hearings are conducted by the Zoning Administrator. Standards Variances, Coastal Permits, Minor Lot Line Adjustments, Legalization of Illegal Units, and Lot Mergers are processed through administrative hearings. The Zoning Administrator, as a non-legislative hearing body, will meet via teleconference on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 2:00 PM. Written comments may be submitted to Members of the public will have an opportunity to offer verbal public comment during the meeting.

Staff liaison: 
Maryanne Cronin, Zoning Administration Officer

To participate in these meetings virtually or by phone, please use the following options:

Second and Fourth Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

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