Development proposals, including review of site plans and building architecture, are initially reviewed by the Department for compliance with the City's General Plan and Zoning regulations, and often require public hearings and approval by the Planning Commission. The focus is typically on site design, building architecture, landscaping, parking, and compatibility of proposed uses with the surrounding neighborhood.
Before any grading or building construction can occur, plans must be prepared and submitted to the City and reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations, the Grading Code and the Building Code. At this level of review the focus is on public health and safety issues such as structural integrity, earthquake safety, fire protection and handicapped access.
The comprehensive Discretionary Case Application Packet is located here. Please be aware that not all the submittal requirements may apply. Please contact the Planning Division at (949) 362-4360 if you are proposing a new development project and a planner will discuss the process with you.