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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.

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Within the Community Development Department, the Planning Division has primary responsibility for processing entitlement applications and local administration of the California Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and other State land use laws. Most significantly, in 1976 the California State Legislature enacted the California Coastal Act, which created a mandate for coastal cities and counties to manage the conservation and development of coastal resources through a comprehensive planning and regulatory program called Local Coastal Programs. Because the City of Half Moon Bay is located fully within the California Coastal Zone, Planning Division is also responsible for local administration of the California Coastal Act.  The Planning Division also maintains and updates the City’s planning policy and regulatory documents including the Local Coastal Program, the General Plan Elements, Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map. 

The Planning Division 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 Division is responsible for preparing, maintaining and administering:

  • City's General Plan and its individual elements
  • Local Coastal Program and its Land Use Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and its Subdivision and Sign Ordinances
  • Provisions of Measure ‘D’, the voter-adopted residential growth control ordinance
    Studies and reports on such topics as demographics, environmental review (California Environmental Quality Act), and development entitlement activities

The Planning Division provides support to the following:

  • City Council
  • Planning Commission
  • Additional committees formed from time to time in support of special project.
  • Community Development Director 
  • Other City divisions and outside agencies

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