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The Community Development Department is responsible for the development and implementation of community goals regarding the natural and built environment.  This includes both planning and building.

The Department provides administration to the Planning Commission and support to the City Council.  The department is tasked with maintaining the City's General Plan, the blue print for the future of the City, and reviewing planning permit applications.  The Community Development Director serves as the Zoning Administrator.  The Department also administers building permits

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Planning Commission News:  View the Planning Commission meeting for Thursday, June 13, 2019 here.  The next regularly scheduled Planning Commission is on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  All meetings are held in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  To view past Planning Commission meetings, please visit here.  To view public notices, please visit here.

Baylands News:  Please visit the new Baylands Project Site for the most current information on the Baylands.  For Baylands information, including past meetings, studies, and input received prior to December 2018, please click here

Cannabis Business News: At the City Council meeting of April 4, 2019, the City Council heard recommendations from the ad hoc subcommittee on cannabis (Mayor Davis and Councilmember O'Connell) to consider allowing limited storefront retail cannabis businesses in Brisbane. The Council referred the matter back to the ad hoc subcommittee for further study. Should the Council decide to move forward with the storefront retail land use regulations, the matter would be referred to the Planning Commission as zoning text amendments to be studied by the Commission and community before coming back to the City Council.  At the City Council's meeting on December 6, 2018, the Council adopted Ordinance 632 (Zoning Text Amendment RZ-6-18) to implement the modified operating hours recommended by the Commission. The Ordinance became effective on January 5, 2019. The Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of RZ-6-18 at their regular meeting on October 25, 2018.

Housing Policy News: The City Council accepted the 2018 Housing Element annual progress report at their March 7 meeting. Check out the staff report for highlights on residential construction trends in the City and the City's progress in meeting its Housing Element goals! The Housing Authority accepted eligibility applications for income-qualified 1 and 2-person households to purchase a 1 bd/ 1 ba condo unit immediately available through the First Time Homebuyer resale program through January 31. The application window has now closed. Check out the First Time Homebuyer Program webpage for more information about the program. 


Planning Division:  Includes planning application form and fee schedule, planning application handouts, zoning and land use maps, outline of development projects and sites in the City, the General Plan, Planning Commission, and Zoning Administrator information.

Building Division:  Includes general information on what type of work requires a permit, building permit handouts, a building permit fee estimator, and a list of building codes used by the City.