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Planning Division

The Planning Division performs a variety of functions that are intended to conserve and enhance the City’s environmental resources and scenic beauty, to preserve its historic resources and small town heritage, to manage the community’s growth rate, and to enforce the policies and regulations related to land use and development.
The Planning Division is responsible for maintaining and administering the City's General Plan and its individual elements, the Local Coastal Program and its Land Use Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and its Subdivision and Sign Ordinances. The Planning Division provides support staffing for the City Council, Planning Commission, and Community Development Director as well as environmental and planning support to other departments within the City. The staff administers the provisions of Measure ‘D’, the voter-adopted residential growth control ordinance. The Planning Division prepares studies and reports on such topics as demographics, environmental review (California Environmental Quality Act), and development entitlement activities.

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The Planning Division is responsible for two key functions: 

Advanced Planning

•    Advanced Planning involves the maintenance of the Local Coastal Program and its Land Use Plan, the City’s General Plan and the various elements it contains, and coordinates with regional planning agencies and the state to ensure consistency with the laws that govern land use, development, subdivision and environmental quality.
•    The City has initiated the process of updating the City's General Plan and Local Coastal Program. Information on this process and opportunities for involvement can be found on the following website or on our home page under Hot Topics!.

Current Planning

•    Current Planning involves the Zoning Map and the administration of the City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) by reviewing proposals that affect the Land Use Plan and General Plan and initiating proposals to implement the goals of the Local Coastal Program.
•    Land Use Regulation involves the administration of the Zoning (Title 18), Signs (Title 15), and Subdivision (Title 17) ordinances with the Half Moon Bay Municipal Code. These ordinances are developed and administered to preserve existing land use standards and are applied to projects that are generally initiated by property owners.

 Planning Division Mission Statement:

To establish and maintain the policy and regulatory framework that will ensure the attainment of the community’s goals for conservation and growth management.

Stormwater Requirements:

New stormwater requirements went into effect on December 1, 2012. Please see the below links for more information.

2012 Notice to Applicants

All Development C3_C6_Checklist_HMB

Small Projects_Checklist_Site & Design Guide_HMB


If you have questions, please visit the Countwide Program website:


Planning Calendar

Planning Commission Meeting
February 09, 2016 (7:00 PM)

Planning Commission Meeting
February 23, 2016 (7:00 PM)

Planning Commission Meeting
March 08, 2016 (7:00 PM)

Planning Commission Meeting
March 22, 2016 (6:00 PM)