Project Planning

Welcome to Project Planning. We are the PDS Division that reviews “discretionary” projects. Those are projects that builders and homeowners cannot do “by right,” but which may be approved by PDS’s Director, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors if the projects meet certain conditions. Discretionary projects include lot splits, major subdivisions and conditionally-permitted uses. We also process applicants' requests for General Plan Amendments and Zoning changes.

NEW! Removing Barriers to Housing

As directed by the Board of Supervisors on May 24, 2023, in Short-Term Action 5a, PDS developed a Completeness Certification which is a voluntary process that involves a third-party certifying that a development project application package or resubmittal is complete. Projects that qualify for this process and submit a completeness certification will receive a guaranteed County review time of 30 business days for each submittal/resubmittal. To qualify for the completeness certification process and receive a guaranteed review time, the project must a be a deed restricted affordable housing project (all units), a workforce housing project, or a housing project within a Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) efficient or infill area as identified in the County's Transportation Study Guide.

Completeness Certification Application

Completeness Certification

Completeness Certification Scoring Criteria

In addition, a directed by the Board of Supervisors on May 24, 2023 in Short-Term Action 5b, PDS has coordinated with several County Departments and stakeholders to develop a standard correction list. The Discretionary Permit Standard Corrections List is intended to help applicants know what the County plan reviewers are looking for when reviewing applications for permits.

Project Issue Resolution

After listening to feedback from customers and applicants, the County is providing opportunities to meet with our Executive Management team. A Project Issue Resolution Conference is a meeting that includes an applicant, our Executive Management team, and County Project Staff to discuss issues and identify solutions that were not able to be resolved with a County Project Manager due to interpretations of a code or other unique circumstances related to a project. Please Click Here for more information.

Project Planning