The Planning Division is responsible for implementing the General Plan by ensuring that development projects are consistent with the goals, policies, and programs outlined in the General Plan and by ensuring that development projects are consistent with the Grover Beach Zoning Code and applicable state laws. The Planning Division reviews all development permits, including Use Permits, Subdivision applications, and projects requiring environmental review. The Planning Division provides technical analysis of development permit applications and makes recommendations for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council regarding all land use issues. The Planning Division also serves the public by responding to public inquiries regarding zoning and development.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department at (805) 473-4520.
Zoning Code Update
On October 15, 2012, the City Council adopted a comprehensive update to the Grover Beach Zoning Code, which took effect on November 15, 2012.
The primary purpose of the update was to bring the Zoning Code into conformance with the General Plan Land Use Element update approved by the City Council in 2010. In addition, other key revisions included:
- revised Commercial and Industrial Use Tables to reduce the development review processing time by allowing more “permitted” uses;
- incorporate development standards and land uses that will emphasize the policies of the West Grand Avenue Master Plan;
- reduce or eliminate regulations where possible to expedite project review consistent with the City’s Economic Development Strategy;
- incorporate policies and programs contained in the 2009 Housing Element update; and
- reformat and consolidate the Zoning Code for ease of use.
The Zoning Code update also incorporated the City’s subdivision standards, flood plain regulations, and sign ordinance, which were previously not part of the Zoning Code. In addition, future standards for storm water management, as well as grading and drainage, will be added to the updated code.
As a result of creating a single document that will contain all development regulations, the Zoning Code has been renamed the “Development Code
”. The newly adopted Development Code
(Article IX of the Grover Beach Municipal Code) currently regulates all areas of the City that are not within the Coastal Zone
. However, the newly adopted Development Code cannot take effect for those areas of the City that are within the Coastal Zone until it is approved by the California Coastal Commission. It is estimated that it will take a minimum of six (6) months before the California Coastal Commission considers approving the Development Code. Therefore, in the interim, all proposed development projects within the Coastal Zone area will continue to be regulated by the Zoning Code
(Article IX.A of the Grover Beach Municipal Code). Zones within the Coastal Zone include the following: C-R-1, C-P-R-1, C-R-2, C-R-3, C-C-V, C-P-C, C-I, and C-I-C.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Community Development Department
at (805) 473-4520.