Part 4. Permits and Administration

Chapter 17.108
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY Revised 6/18

Sections:

17.108.010    Purpose. Revised 6/18

17.108.020    Planning agency. Revised 6/18

17.108.030    Review and decision-making authority. Revised 6/18

17.108.040    Design review process. Revised 6/18

17.108.010 Purpose. Revised 6/18

This chapter describes the authority and responsibilities of the city council, planning commission, and the community development director in the administration of the zoning code. (Ord. 1017 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

17.108.020 Planning agency. Revised 6/18

The city council, planning commission, and community development director function as the planning agency and as the advisory agency in compliance with Government Code Section 65100. (Ord. 1017 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

17.108.030 Review and decision-making authority. Revised 6/18

Table 17.108-1 shows the review and decision-making authority of the city council, planning commission, and community development director in the administration of the zoning code.

Table 17.108-1: Review and Decision-Making Authority 

Type of Action

Role of Authority [1]

Community Development Director

Planning Commission

City Council

Legislative Actions

Development Agreements

Recommend

Recommend

Decision

General Plan Amendments

Recommend

Recommend

Decision

Zoning Code Amendments

Recommend

Recommend

Decision

Permits

Administrative Permits

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Administrative Sign Permits

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Sign Permits

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Design Permits

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Minor Design Permits

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Coastal Permits

See Section 17.44.060 (Coastal Permit Requirements)

Conditional Use Permits

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Historic Resource Demolition Permits [2]

Recommend

Recommend/Decision

Decision/Appeal

Master Use Permits

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Minor Use Permits

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Tenant Use Permits

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Other Approvals and Actions

Conceptual Review

See Chapter 17.114 (Conceptual Review)

Historic Alteration Permit

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Minor Modifications

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Preliminary and Final Development Plans (PD)

Recommend

Recommend

Decision

Reasonable Accommodations

Decision

Appeal

Appeal

Variances

Recommend

Decision

Appeal

Notes:

[1] “Recommend” means that the review authority makes a recommendation to a higher decision-making body; “Decision” means that the review authority makes the final decision on the matter; “Appeal” means that the review authority shall consider and decide appeals of decisions of an earlier decision-making body, in compliance with Chapter 17.152 (Appeals).

[2] The planning commission is the decision-making authority on historic resource demolition permits applications for potential historic resources. The city council is the decision authority on historic resource demolition permits applications for designated historic resources.

(Ord. 1017 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

17.108.040 Design review process. Revised 6/18

A. Purpose.

1. The design review process allows for city staff and city-contracted design professionals to provide preliminary recommendations to the applicant on design permit applications prior to planning commission review.

2. Through the design review process, city staff and city-contracted design professionals shall work with applicants to produce the best possible project design consistent with city policies and regulations prior to a hearing before the planning commission. The design review process does not result in a design permit approval or a specific recommendation to the planning commission for approval or denial of a design permit application.

B. Participating Staff and Consultants.

1. City staff involved in the design review process include city staff representing the planning, public works, and building departments.

2. A city-contracted landscape architect, architect, and architectural historian may also participate in the design review process for significant and/or sensitive projects as determined by the community development director. A city-contracted architect shall participate in the design review process for all new proposed multifamily and nonresidential construction projects. (Ord. 1017 § 2 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)