Development Review Team
The Planning Division's Development Review team provides information on land use, zoning and site development standards and processes applications for land use permits and land divisions. The Planning Division's Advance Planning team also performs long range planning activities, including development and administration of the City's General Plan.
Advance Planning & Public Policy
The Advance Planning and Public Policy Division of Planning & Economic Development performs long-range planning activities related to the physical growth and development of the city.
The mission of the Advance Planning and Public Policy team is to:
- Initiate planning efforts in advance so that the public and public policy makers can make informed decisions.
- Apply strategic thinking and analysis of physical, social, and economic conditions and trends to a wide variety of land use issues.
- Provide strategic support to operating departments in furtherance of their missions.
The Advance Planning responsibilities include:
- Administration and updating of the city’s General Plan
- Analysis of land use and housing issues, policies, regulations and practices
- Preparation of information resource reports
- Development and maintenance of citywide land use data
Conditional Use Permits
A Conditional Use Permit allows for the approval of special uses if they are compatible with adjacent uses. Learn more about the steps for approval and appeal of denials.Link to page
Read the design guidelines put out by the Planning and Economic department of Santa Rosa. This includes neighborhood design, core areas, residential and commercial area, and special design considerations.Link to page
The design review process ensures that new or remodeled developments in the City will enhance the City's environment, and that a development will blend in to the style of the area around it. All professional offices, commercial buildings, multi-family housing units, Planned Unit Developments and Planned Residential Zones are subject to design review.Link to page
Development Review Pre-Application MeetingLink to page
The Environmental Review process is a legally mandated process that makes sure that public and private development projects do not harm the environment. The purpose of studying these conditions is to come up with measures to minimize any negative effects from the project.Link to page
The General Plan addresses issues related to the physical development and growth of Santa Rosa. It guides the City's planning and zoning functions as well as the funding of public improvement projects, such as parks and streets.Link to page
The City recognizes most structures over 50 years old as historic. Preservation of these resources is evidenced by the on-going efforts of long time residents and newcomers alike.Link to page
Housing Action PlanLink to page
Access more information on annexation information, building permit, child care, condominium conversion information, and more using these instructional guides and brochures.Link to page
Public Art in Private Development
The City of Santa Rosa has a strong commitment to promoting arts programming and public art as well as enhancing the quality of life for residential and business members of our community.Link to page
Resilient City Design Review ProcessLink to page
Storm Water Regulations
The storm sewer system refers to important infrastructure that prevents flooding when it rains. Learn more about storm water and how Santa Rosa Water monitors its quality.Link to page