Current Planning 

The Planning Division has primary responsibility for current planning, which requires the processing of entitlement applications and local administration of the California Coastal Act, California Environmental Quality Act and other state land use laws. 

Upon receipt of a completed application, the Planning Division will route the project plans and materials to appropriate City Agencies (Public Works, City Engineer, Building Department), Local Agencies (Police, Coastside Fire Protection District, Coastside County Water District, and Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside), and  regional, state or federal agencies for their review and comment. 

Looking for your project, or another project that's in process? The City maintains a tracking/status report for projects that are currently under review by the Planning Division. 

Download the Planning Project Tracking (PDF)

What is Current Planning?

The Current Planning function focuses on project review. In  accordance with the California Coastal Act, many different types of  projects require Coastal Development Permits. Coastal Development Permit  review is conducted concurrently with other planning permits that may  be required for each proposal. Examples of Planning Permits include  Variances, Use Permits, Sign Permits, Subdivisions, and Tree Removal  Permits. 

All of these permits are crucial for protection of our  environment, the public health and safety, and for enhancing our  community. The staff working on Current Planning issues provides  customer service at City Hall as part of the Community Development  service team along with our Building and Engineering divisions. Their  scope is substantial, focused on protecting and preserving the City’s  built and natural environments, and includes:

  • Initiating  projects and programs, implementing the Local Coastal Program, General  Plan, and Zoning Ordinance Amendments, preparation of design guidelines
  • Administering land use regulations including the Zoning (Title 18), Signs (Title 15), and Subdivision (Title 17) ordinances of the Half Moon Bay Municipal Code
  • Overseeing  environmental review in relation to the California Environmental  Quality Act (CEQA), preparation of environmental impact determinations  and environmental impact reports, and coordination with other local,  State, and Federal agencies
  • Coordinating project review with appropriate City agencies, local agencies, and regional, State or Federal agencies
  • Preparing applications for consideration by the City Council, Planning Commission, and/or the Community Development Director

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  1. Planning Division

    Physical Address
    501 Main Street
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    Phone: 650-726-8270