INTERIM PLANNING DIVISION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (COVID-19)In response to the current outbreak, and for the safety of City Staff and the general public, Planning Division offices will be closed indefinitely. During this time, we will still be performing our core functions and providing public service to the greatest extent of or our abilities. Following are several inquiries we expect to hear, with responses that we hope you find helpful. You are welcome to contact us at any time if you have additional questions.
1. How do I reach the Planning Division?
The Planning Division may be reached by email or telephone during our normal business hours. Our normal business hours have not changed. We are available to the public between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily (except that we are unavailable during lunch hour between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM daily). Our contact information is as follows:
Phone: (805) 875-8213
2. How do I submit for a planning permit, obtain a planning permit over-the-counter or re-submit plans?
All of these services that are normally provided at our public counter will continue to be offered. The only difference is that they will require an appointment. You may call or email us at any time to schedule an appointment and we will make every effort to respond to inquiries and/or appointment requests by the following business day.
3. Will someone get back to me so that I know an appointment has been scheduled?
Yes. When making an appointment, however, please propose a time that best suits your needs plus at least two alternative times that will work for you. That will provide us some flexibility when scheduling an appointment in case the time slot you have chosen has already been committed to someone else.
4. How do I find out the status of a permit or an ongoing project?
Permit and/or project information can be obtained at any time through our on-line eTrakit software. The web address is as follows:
You are also welcome to contact us directly at our phone number or email address listed above.
Planning Division frequently used pages:
- Planning Commission - Agendas, Staff Reports, Minutes
- Planning Documents and Maps
- Planning Applications, Forms, and Submittal Checklists
- Zoning Code Update
- Project Updates
- Environmental Documents
- eTRAKiT Search Building and Planning Records
The mission of the Planning Division is to foster the orderly growth and protect the quality of life of the community. We will accomplish this by utilizing the best available planning techniques and resources to implement the City's long-range plans and to perform design and environmental review of development proposals. We will perform our planning duties in a manner that reflects the City Council's direction and maintains the ethical standards promoted by the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
The 2019/2021 City budget funds the following positions:
- Planning Manager
- Principal Planner
- Development Services Assistant II
- Senior Environmental Coordinator
Long Range Planning
Long Range Planning is the process by which the City provides for future needs along with the means and opportunity to establish community development goals and objectives, and to enact ordinances necessary to attain them. The Long Range Planning process gives each citizen an opportunity to participate in the development of local plans, thus increasing the likelihood that the plan reflects the ideas of the community.
Current Planning is the process by which the City reviews applications for residential, commercial, and industrial development to ensure consistency with the General Plan, compliance with the Municipal Code, conformance with City Policies, and agreement with accepted planning practices. Guidance is provided to applicants and the general public to ensure that all proposed development meets community standards and fulfills all legal requirements.
Environmental Review is the process by which the City reviews all developmental activities within the City and prepares environmental documents when required in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CEQA is a State law which requires an analysis of potential significant environmental impacts prior to final decisions on planning and zoning matters.
The mission of the Storm Water Division is to protect the storm water quality of the community. This will be accomplished by implementing the City’s adopted Storm Water Management Ordinance, and Municipal and Industrial Permit programs. Duties will be identified, prioritized and performed in a manner that reflects the City Council’s direction and maintains the ethical standards promoted by the Association of Environmental Professionals.
The mission of Code Enforcement is to improve the quality of life for the residents of the community by gaining compliance with ordinances and regulations regarding health and housing codes, land use and zoning ordinances, and California Building and Fire codes to protect and promote property values and the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the City of Lompoc through responsive and effective code enforcement services.
The Planning Division is committed to encouraging public participation in the planning process. There are many ways that the public can participate in the process.