Planning Division

People from the Planning Division

The Planning Division improves our community's quality of life and safeguards coastal resources by ensuring that residences, businesses, and other uses are planned, developed, and operated in accordance with the requirements of the Local Coastal Program, Zoning Ordinance, General Plan, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Latest Updates: 

"Shrinking Shores"
June 9, 2018, 10 am - 1 pm, Poplar Beach
Come out to the beach on Saturday, June 9 to see The Shrinking Shores event is a way to visualize sea level rise. Temporary signs will be in the sand and on the bluffs to show you what predicted sea level rise will do to our local coastline. Talk to City and County staff about what sea level rise means for our community, and how we can plan for the future. The City has produced a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and a Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail Erosion Study, which help to outline the local impacts of sea level rise. For additional San Mateo County information about sea level rise visit

Public Hearing on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
June 12, 2018, 7 pm, Emergency Center Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue
Proposed amendments are intended to reduce barriers to the production of ADUs (also known as in-law units/granny units), as one means of fostering affordable housing in Half Moon Bay. 

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Among the many responsibilities of the Planning Division staff is Plan Half Moon Bay, which is the City’s Local Coastal Program and General Plan Update process. Other task areas include:

  • Processing entitlement applications 
  • Local administration of the California Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act
  • Conserving and enhancing the City’s environmental resources and scenic beauty
  • Preserving Half Moon Bay's historic resources and small town heritage
  • Managing the community’s growth, incorporating community values and standards
  • Enforcing the policies and regulations related to land use and development
  • Administering the General Plan, and the Local Coastal Program, its Land Use Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and its Subdivision and Sign Ordinances, and provisions of Measure ‘D’ - the voter-adopted residential growth control ordinance
  • Maintaining studies and reports on such topics as demographics, environmental review, and development entitlement activities