Planning Division

COVID-19 Notice

  • Public Access to the Planning Counter will be available by appointment only. You can request an appointment online, by phone at 209-577-5267 or by email
  • We are also available to respond to inquiries by email and phone. If you need to contact the Planning Division, the best way to reach us is through our main phone line at 209-577-5267. If no one is available, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible

About the Planning Division

The Planning Division plays a critical role in achieving the City Council’s goals and objectives relative to the physical development of the community.

The Planning Division is responsible for administering the City’s land use planning and entitlement system, managing and coordinating the General Plan, Specific Plans, zoning and land division. The Planning Division also assists in the management of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), oversees California Environmental Quality Act review, and manages implementation through annexations, development plan reviews, zoning, use permits, variances, and subdivision maps.

In furtherance of these goals, the Division serves as staff to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Landmark Preservation Commission and often engages the Council’s Healthy Economy Committee on policy direction.