Planning Department

(Cost recovery in effect - see forms, etc.) Fourth Street looking North

The Planning Department has primary responsibility for zoning and land use permits as well as long-range planning and local administration of State environmental review laws. These activities include the review and management of public and private development proposals, such as subdivisions, use permits, site development permits, variances, General Plan amendments, pre-zones/re-zones, and a variety of other entitlements, such as annexation requests.

Environmental review responsibilities are principally defined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which requires preparation of environmental impact determinations, environmental impact reports, and coordination with other local, State and Federal agencies.

Another essential function for the Department is to provide the public with information and guidance concerning development, General Plan policies, zoning district regulations, permit procedures, planning statistics, property information, growth trends, and other information relevant to land use and the orderly development of the City.Generally, the first hour of staff consultation on a project concept is provided at no charge to the developer.  This is usually a discussion exploring the feasibility and potential process of a project.  After the first hour, hourly rates apply.  Once site plans are submitted, the standard site plan fee is normally sufficient.

We welcome your comments and inquiries. Please contact the City of Orland Planning Department by email or at (530) 865-1608. We are located at City Hall, 815 Fourth Street, Orland, CA 95963.