The Planning Division of the Community Development Department is responsible for the current and long-range planning of the City to ensure balanced physical development in accordance with the City’s adopted General Plan and to administer and enforce the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance. Administration of the ordinances includes the day to day activities of clearing Business Licenses, clearing building permit requests for zoning compliance, analyzing and writing reports for discretionary approvals at various authority levels, monitoring development for compliance with approvals or regulations, and protecting trees on private property.

The Planning Division is also responsible for Community Design through administration and use of the City’s Residential Design Guidelines, and Historic Preservation through the use of Mills Act Contracts with the City.