Until further notice, Costa Mesa City Hall is CLOSED to the public in keeping with Governor Newsom’s direction regarding COVID-19.
Development Services will continue to offer services online, and via email, telephone or conference line in order to follow the Governor’s guidance and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Please see below for more information:
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The Planning Division is responsible for implementing the regulations of the Zoning Code and the goals/policies/objectives of the General Plan. A planner’s role is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the business and residential community and therefore preserve/enhance the quality of life in the city.
Planning staff apply zoning regulations to promote developments which:
- Establish and maintain a balance of land uses throughout the community to preserve the residential character of the City at a level no greater than can be supported by the infrastructure.
- Ensure the long term productivity and viability of the community's economic base.
- Promote land use patterns and development that reinforce neighborhood identity or beautification of the City.
- Create a correlation between build-out of the General Plan Land Use Map and Master Plan of Highways.
Planning staff also are involved in issuance of ministerial permits (i.e. sign permits, banner permits, over-the-counter building permits) and completing plan checks for zoning compliance. The zoning administrator is a staff member who is authorized to approve, conditionally approve, or deny certain discretionary planning applications (i.e., administrative adjustment, minor conditional use permit, and lot line adjustment).
Planning staff provide service to the community, the City Council, and the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is an appointed body of seven commissioners who act on plans for the regulation of the future growth, development and beautification of the City. The Planning Commission decides on discretionary planning applications (i.e. conditional use permit, variances, master plan, design reviews, subdivision maps, and residential common interest developments). They also make recommendations to the City Council for projects such as rezones, General Plan amendments, Zoning Code amendments, and Specific Plans. Major development projects, appeals of the Planning Commission’s and Zoning Administrator’s decisions, and policy documents are some types of applications which are considered by the City Council.
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