Advance Planning

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Planning & Community Development


Current Pending Code Amendments:

  • Marijuana: New policy is currently pending regarding the recreational sale, growth, and manufacturing of marijuana within the City of Santa Cruz. When the policy is drafted, the public will have their opportunity to provide input. Be sure to sign up for e-notifications.
  • Short-Term Rental Ordinance (4/27/2018)
  • Downtown Recovery Plan development standards are being updated to allow for more housing opportunities downtown.


 Deals with the development of city-wide and neighborhood plans and programs. It involves adoption and maintenance of the General Plan and General Plan Map,  its elements, area plans and the Local Coastal Program. Important to this division is liaison with other jurisdictions, neighborhood, business and civic groups. 

Duties include:

  • Developing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map
  • Facilitating historic preservation through the Historic Preservation Program 
  • Providing public information regarding City planning, interdepartmental/interjurisdictional coordination, census data analysis, and economic development.
  • Carrying out research projects under direction of the City Council and Planning Commission
  • Update the Housing Element




  • What are the current medical cannabis regulations?
  • Short Term Rental Regulation Background
  • How can I find out when a new building/project is being proposed?
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