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Department Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Contact Information:

Community Development Dept.

Mark Wolfe - Director

411 Main Street, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 3420

Chico, CA 95927

Phone: (530) 879-6800

Email: zoning@chicoca.gov

Chico 2030 General Plan

5-Year General Plan Review

 

New Planning Fees effective December 20, 2016

See "Fees & Forms".

FAQ's for Businesses Selling Alcohol

(New Ordinance Effective June 19, 2015)

At its May 19, 2015 meeting, the Chico City Council adopted an ordinance amending various chapters of Title 19 regarding businesses selling alcohol in the City. The attached is a FAQ on getting started.

Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for both current and long range administration of State, regional, and local land use laws. Current planning involves the review of development applications for conformance with City plans, ordinances and policies related to zoning, urban design, subdivision, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Processing of development applications also includes the consideration of public input at Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board, and City Council meetings. Long range planning involves the City’s policy planning activities, which include analyzing and preparing various planning documents such as the City’s General Plan, specific plans, Design Guidelines, and other land use studies. Community Development staff also assemble and maintain community data and demographics and coordinate the reporting of this data to outside agencies.

The services and responsibilities of the Department are guided by several government codes, regulations, statutes and other procedural documents, including, but not limited to:

Staff provides assistance to community stakeholders, such as residents and business owners, in order to foster a broader understanding of planning. The following links may help you with your project:

Finally, the Community Development DDepartment serves as staff to the City Council on land use issues and to the following regular commission and committees:

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission prepares and recommends for adoption by the Council a comprehensive, long-term general plan. The Commission also makes recommendations to Council on General Plan amendments, rezones, and adoption of neighborhood and specific plans; considers environmental impact reports and negative declarations; reviews special studies and reports; and approves tentative subdivision maps, planned development permit applications, use permits, and other land use entitlements. The Commission currently meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 421 Main Street. To review agendas and/or meeting minutes, click on this link: PC Minutes and Agendas.

Planning Commission Members

  • Cynthia Arregui
  • Dale Bennett
  • Bob Evans
  • John Howlett
  • Ken Rensink
  • Toni Scott
  • Margaret Worley

Staff Liaison

Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board

In addition to its authority established by Chapter 19.18 of the Chico Municipal Code for the review of architectural drawings prior to the issuance of certain building permits, the Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board (ARHPB) reviews building proposals that may affect buildings or other resources listed on the City of Chico Historic Resources Inventory, including making recommendations to the City Council for new listings. The ARHPB consists of five regular members, three of whom are engaged in the visual arts field, such as architects, landscape architects, artists, and/or designers, and at least two of whom have professional experience in architectural history, planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related disciplines. The ARHPB currently meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber Building, Conference Room 1, 421 Main Street. To review agendas and/or meeting minutes, click on this link: ARHPB Minutes & Agendas.

Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board Members

  • Sheryl Campbell-Bennett
  • Marci Goulart
  • Rod Jennings
  • Thomas Thomson
  • Vacant

Staff Liaison

Zoning Administrator

The Zoning Administrator is an employee designated by the Community Development Director to conduct public hearings and approve or deny smaller project applications for minor design review, use permits, variances, and temporary use permits. Zoning Administrator hearings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Engineering Conference Room on the second floor of the Chico Municipal Building at 411 Main Street. Click on the following link to view the current agenda: ZA Agendas.

Staff Liaison

Map Advisory Committee

The Map Advisory Committee (MAC) acts on all minor land divisions, boundary line modifications, mergers, minor changes and/or time extensions to previously approved subdivisions, and all tentative maps which convert existing buildings into condominium projects. Click on this link for more information: Map Advisory Committee.

Staff Liaison