General Information
Phone Numbers
(530) 642-5252
Emergencies: Dial 911
3101 Center Street

Planning Department

The Division is responsible for following programs:

Long Range Planning & Special Studies

  • Develops and implements goals, policies, and action plans related to community issues such as housing, land use, resource conservation, open space, transportation, and circulation
  • Prepares studies to update City policies in response to changes in State law, resource availability, and community goals
  • Responsible for preparing and updating the state mandated General Plan
  • Facilitates public participation and community involvement in planning issues
  • Supports City Council and City Administration in addressing regional governance and planning issues

Development / Environmental Review

  • Reviews, analyzes, and makes recommendations on development and design proposals by private property owners and government agencies
  • Provides support to the City Council and Planning Commission
  • Administers environmental review process in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Provides public information and permit services at the public counter
  • Reviews, analyzes, and makes design review recommendations on development proposals by private and public property owners
  • Prepares public notices, agendas, minutes and performs cursory plan review and environmental assessments for projects subject to Planning Commission and City Council review
  • Prepares guidelines, ordinance amendments, and other studies for quality design standard

Zoning Ordinance Information & Enforcement

  • Answers questions from property owners, applicants, and other members of the community about land use and zoning requirements
    • For zoning information about a specific address, click here
  • Reviews plans for proposed development for compliance with City zoning requirements
  • Prepares amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (Title 10) and Zoning Map as necessary
  • Assists the Code Compliance Division with enforcing City code requirements with the Planning and Building divisions in what is defined as Code Compliance (click here for more information)