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Planning Commission

Powers and Duties: Monterey City Code, Ch. 2 Art. 4

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Helping Shape the City’s Future

Good planning is essential for effective communities. Every city has the responsibility to decide how to use its land and guide the form and shape the city will take in the future.

Planning Commission is entrusted to help set land-use goals and evaluate individual project proposals to ensure that they are consistent with the City’s adopted plans. Almost every decision of the Commission must strike a balance between private benefit and the overall public good.

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What is the purpose of the Planning Commission?

Composed of seven members, the Commission creates a vision for future development in the City. To define that vision, the members:
  • Conduct research on growth and development.
  • Establish community development objectives.
  • Outline planning strategies to achieve the community’s objectives.
During the decision-making process, the Commission relies on the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The General Plan, which governs the City’s physical shape and character, is our major policy document. Monterey’s General Plan was adopted in 2005 and is reviewed on an annual basis. The General Plan can be found on the Web at: General Plan . In addition, the City has adopted specific area plans for various commercial and residential neighborhoods.

In order to carry out its responsibilities, the Commission also considers subdivision ordinances, the State Planning Law and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

As part of the work program, the Commission:

  • Develops and maintains a General Plan
  • Develops more specific area plans to augment the General Plan
  • Develops zoning and subdivision ordinances to implement the plans
  • Performs annual reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on the Capital Improvement Program and Neighborhood Improvement Program
  • Reviews development applications for their compliance with City plans, ordinances and programs

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Agendas are posted outside of the Council Chamber 72 hours prior to meetings. Attachments including agenda reports, written comments and letters are not posted outside the Council Chamber with the Agenda, however, they can be viewed online at or in person at the Planning Office in the lower level of Colton Hall, at the corner of Pacific and Madison streets. These materials are also available for viewing at the Monterey Public Library.

For more information about PC please call the Planning Office at (831) 646-3885, or visit

The PC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., plus occasional field trips.