Land Use & Development Permit Process

This page provides a comprehensive list of all land use and development regulations that may be applied to a project.

General Plan
California State law requires that each city adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the area under its jurisdiction. This general plan must include seven elements that together compose an integrated set of goals, policies, and action programs. These seven required elements are land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, safety, and noise. In addition, a city may adopt optional elements that relate to the physical development of the community.

The renowned scenic environment of Monterey and the Peninsula stems from its two dominant features: the coastline and the central ridge of wooded hills. The preservation of these two features is essential to maintain the scenic character of the Peninsula. Goals and policies focus on preserving and enhancing Monterey’s aesthetic environment, and were developed around two central concepts: Monterey’s special physical setting and its image as a town.

Monterey’s image is that of a small-scale residential community beside the bay, framed by a forested hill backdrop and drawing its charm from a rich historical background, certain commercial enterprises, and natural scenic beauty.

The documents are also available for review at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St, and the Planning Division, 580 Pacific St, at Colton Hall. These digital files are provided for informational purposes only and may differ in layout to the official printed document.

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General Plan38 documents

  • 1-Planning-Area.pdf
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  • 10-Parks-Rec.pdf
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  • 11-Seismic.pdf
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  • 12-Slope.pdf
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  • 13-Flood-Zones.pdf
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  • 15-Evacuation-Routes.pdf
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  • 14-Fire-Zone-Map.pdf
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  • 16-Noise-Contour.pdf
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  • 16 0323-General-Plan.pdf
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  • 17-Airport-Noise-Contour.pdf
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  • 2-Special-Places.pdf
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  • 3-Land-Use.pdf
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  • 4-Mixed-Use-Villages.pdf
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  • 4-Mixed-Use.pdf
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  • 5-Street-Classifications.pdf
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  • 6-Visitor-Routes.pdf
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  • 8-Species.pdf
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  • 7-Truck-Routes.pdf
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  • 9-Habitat-Management.pdf
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  • Fig01-RegLoc-Monterey.pdf
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  • Fig02-Page-Landscape.pdf
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  • Fig03-Page-Landscape.pdf
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  • Fig04-Land-Use.pdf
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  • Fig05-Mixed-Use-Commnbhd.pdf
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  • Fig06-Habitats.pdf
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  • Fig07-Spec-Status-Species.pdf
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  • Fig08-Archaeology.pdf
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  • Fig09-Local-Faults.pdf
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  • Fig10-Slopes-25-Percent.pdf
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  • Fig11-Fire-Hazard-Zones.pdf
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  • Fig12-Emergency-Evac.pdf
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  • Fig13-Flood-Hazard.pdf
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  • Fig14-Noise-Airport.pdf
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  • Fig15-2020-Noise-Levels-Projected.pdf
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  • Fig16-Parks-Rec-Open-Space.pdf
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  • General Plan Final EIR
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  • General Plan
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  • General Plan Draft EIR
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Design Standards and Guidelines10 documents

  • Use Permit
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  • ARC-Commercial.pdf
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  • ARC-Residential.pdf
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  • Del-Monte-Shores-Guidelines.pdf
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  • Neighborhood-Compatibility.pdf
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  • Parking-Dimensions.pdf
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  • SFR-Design-Guidelines-D1.pdf
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  • Sub-Prelim-Proc-Check.pdf
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  • Sub-Tent-Proc-Check.pdf
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  • Water-Efficient-Landscape.pdf
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Land Use Plans24 documents

Commercial Plans4 documents

  • Area-Plan-Cannery-Row-Conservation-District.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-East-Del-Monte.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Ryan-Ranch.pdf
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  • Lower-Presidio-Master-Plan.pdf
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Coastal Plans5 documents

  • Land-Use-Plan-Cannery-Row.pdf
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  • Land-Use-Plan-Del-Monte-Beach.pdf
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  • Land-Use-Plan-Laguna-Grande.pdf
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  • Land-Use-Plan-Monterey-Harbor.pdf
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  • Land-Use-Plan-Skyline.pdf
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Neighborhood Plans7 documents

  • Area-Plan-CONA.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Del-Monte-Grove.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-New-Monterey.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Oak-Grove.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Old-Town.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Highway-68.pdf
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  • Area-Plan-Villa-Del-Monte.pdf
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Implementing Plans1 document

  • Rec-Trail-Policies-Standards-for-Adjacent-Dev.pdf
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Specific Plan, Master Plans, and Studies7 documents

  • Lighthouse Area Specific Plan - Adopted November 15, 2016
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  • Downtown Specific Plan - Adopted Oct. 2013; Amended Sep 1, 2015; Apr. 18, 2017; Dec. 3, 2019; May 19, 2020
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  • North Fremont Specific Plan Adopted Apr 1, 2014; amended Aug 17, 2016
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  • Parks and Rec Master Plan - Adopted September 6, 2016
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  • Citywide Transportation and Parking Study Final Report, 2013
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  • Citywide Transportation and Parking Study Appendices
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  • Waterfront Master Plan, Adopted February 16, 2016
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Zoning2 documents

  • Fence-Height-Standards.pdf
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  • Sign-Guidelines.pdf
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Historic Preservation15 documents

  • New Monterey Historic Context Statement and Reconnaissance Survey, August 2013
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  • Alta Mesa Historic Context Statement And Reconnaissance Survey, Adopted Feb. 2020
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  • Cannery-Row-Intensive-Survey-Part2.pdf
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  • Cannery-Row-Intensive Survey-Part1.pdf
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  • Current-Master-Historic-List.pdf
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  • Historic-Context-Statement-Lower-Old-Town-Part1.pdf
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  • Historic-Context-Statement-Lower-Old-Town-Part2.pdf
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  • Historic-Context-Statement-Lower-Old-Town-Part3.pdf
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  • Historic-Context-Statement-Oak-Grove.pdf
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  • Historic-Context-Statement-Upper-Old-Town.pdf
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  • Historic-Master-Plan.pdf
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  • Mills-Act-Intro.pdf
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  • Mills-Act-Program.pdf
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  • NHLD-Downtown HCS Survey Final.pdf
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  • Old Town National Historic Landmark District Design Guidelines
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Maps7 documents

  • Fort-Ord-Property-Map.jpg
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  • Fort-Ord-Property-Map.pdf
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  • 14-Fire-Zone-Map.pdf
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  • 13-Flood-Zones.pdf
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  • Zoning-Map.pdf
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  • General-Plan-Land-Use-Map.pdf
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  • Coastal-Zone-Map-11x17.pdf
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Transportation Planning2 documents

  • Vehicle-Miles-Traveled-Policy
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  • Multi-Modal Mobility Plan, Adopted March 19, 2013
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