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Planning & Economic Development

Planning and Economic Development provides a wide range of development services to the community, developing long range plans for the growth of Santa Rosa and reviewing development proposals for consistency with those plans. The department consists of four divisions:  Building, Planning, Engineering Development Services, and Economic Development.

Counter hours: 
8:30 to 2:30 Monday through Thursday only (open during lunch) /closed on Fridays.
New applications are processed until 2:00 p.m.

Building Division
The Building Division reviews building permit applications for compliance with State and local building codes (structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency) and provides inspection services for all building related construction.

The Code Enforcement Division is now in the Housing & Community Services Department.

Planning Division
The Planning Division is responsible for both current and long range planning. The Development Review team provides information on land use, zoning and site development standards and processes applications for land use permits and land divisions. Through the development process, the team works closely with many city departments including Engineering Development Services to implement street and utility improvement standards.

The Advance Planning team performs a variety of long range planning activities, including development and administration of the City's General Plan.

Economic Development Division
The Economic Development Division provides assistance with business needs such as starting or expanding a business, finding a site, or connecting with other City services; and administers a tourism marketing campaign called "Santa Rosa: Out There.  In the Middle of Everything."

 Planning and Economic Development News

Medical Cannabis - Commercial Cultivation
On January 19, 2016, the City Council unanimously directed staff to prepare an urgency ordinance that would permit the Commercial Cultivation of Medical Cannabis.  Currently the proposal is to allow such cultivation with a Conditional Use Permit in the Light Industrial (IL), General Industrial (IG), General Commercial (CG), and Business Park (BP) Zoning Districts.

Process Improvement Update
A Development in the Spotlight report has been created to provide the public with a snapshot of what’s happening in current development as seen through entitlements, engineering, and building.  In essence it is a top tier list of projects that will have the most immediate impact to the community.  This list will be updated monthly.

A Safe and Prepared Santa Rosa: Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
In November 2015, the City of Santa Rosa kicked off a project to update local strategies to prepare for natural and human-caused hazards. The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is a five-year strategic plan that studies natural hazards which could affect the city and identifies actions to reduce their impacts. The plan will foster a safer Santa Rosa. Please take a short survey about home and workplace emergency preparedness HERE.

Pre-Application Meeting Program
The Community Development Department is pleased to begin immediate implementation of the Pre-Application Meeting program for development projects. This process will foster early discussion and collaboration amongst project stakeholders and City staff. Primary objectives of the Pre-Application Meetings include:

- An expedited process for early review by relevant City departments
- A baseline for City comments that will provide more certainty in the review process going forward
- Performance measures to ensure that projects have a more efficient and predictable project entitlement schedule

More information, including the Pre-Application Meeting application form, may be accessed by clicking HERE   

Process Improvement Action Plan
In conjunction with the recent Management Partners report, Community Development is developing a Process Improvement Action Plan.

Smoking Regulations Update
On July 7, 2015, the Santa Rosa City Council approved revised smoking regulations that prohibit smoking, including use of electronic smoking devices, in a variety of places such as parks, City-owned facilities, and other indoor and outdoor public places, and private places such as multifamily attached housing. These regulations go into effect over the course of the next year, beginning on August 7, 2015.

Breweries, Wineries, & Tasting Rooms
The City of Santa Rosa has adopted new zoning rules that support these land uses in more districts than ever. Did you know that beer and wine production facilities are now permitted by right (without a use permit) in the City’s industrial zoning districts? Or that tasting rooms are permitted by right in several commercial districts, including the downtown and station area districts?

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