Planning Division

People from the Planning Division

Latest Update: On July 17, the City Council conducted the first reading of proposed City ordinances regulating Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Some modifications to the draft ordinance were made. 

The updated final version will have its second reading at the City Council meeting on August 21. The meeting starts at 7 pm, at Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue. The staff report will be posted here by the end of the day on Friday, August 17. Once the ordinance is approved, the next step will be submittal to the California Coastal Commission for consideration.


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.

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