The City planning function promotes and enhances the well-being of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses of the City of Seal Beach. Long-range planning is accomplished through the General Plan, which serves as the City’s road map and guides the overall form of the City. More specific development standards are contained in the Zoning Code, which regulates size and height of buildings, as well as specific types of uses and establishes the procedures for development approvals such as Use Permits, Modifications, and Variances. Modifications are minor deviances from Zoning Code standards such as setback encroachments and fences exceeding the height limit.
Depending on the nature of a project, an approval may be issued by the Director of Development Services, the Planning Commission, or the City Council. The Planning Commission is comprised of five residents, one from each District, appointed by the City Council to review matters such as Use Permits, Variances, and higher-level Planning and Zoning decisions. Larger or more complex development projects involving General Plan or zoning amendments, Specific Area Plans, and special issues such as affordable housing are reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.
American Planning Association (APA)
California Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA)
California Climate Change Portal
California Department of Finance (Demographic & Economic Research)
Orange County Business Council
Planning Projects Under Review
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