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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."

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Roseland Area Projects
The City of Santa Rosa has prepared the Draft Roseland Area/Sebastopol Road Specific Plan, which is a planning level document that addresses land use, circulation and infrastructure needs for the area located around the Southside Bus Transfer Center in southwest Santa Rosa.  Click here to access the Draft Specific Plan documents.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City has also prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Roseland Area/Sebastopol Road Specific Plan and the Roseland Area Annexation.  Click here to access the Environmental Impact Report documents.  

Medical Cannabis - Commercial Cultivation
On February 23, 2016, the Santa Rosa City Council unanimously introduced an interim ordinance to allow Commercial Cultivation of Medical Cannabis with a Minor or Major Conditional Use Permit (depending on size) in the following 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
 The City of Santa Rosa’s draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for public review and comment. The purpose of the plan is to assess and develop a response to the City's vulnerability to natural hazards, such as earthquake, flood, fire, and drought. Completion of the plan qualifies the City for pre- and post-disaster grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Following the public review period, the plan will be submitted to the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA for their review. Once approved by FEMA, the plan will be presented to Council for adoption. To review the draft plan, click 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.

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