Welcome to the Planning Office, a division of the Community Development Department. Planning staff is committed to excellent customer service. Our goal is to make information accessible to the public and to make our permitting process as user-friendly as possible.

We focus our priorities on projects that will achieve the City Council-adopted Vision, Value Drivers and Strategic Initiatives.

Planning staff is constantly developing and sharpening a variety of planning tools to help clarify land use regulations, stimulate economic development, and ensure preservation of the City's neighborhood character and historic resources. If you want more information, please give us a call.

17 September 2019
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration - Old Capitol Site

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration - Old Capitol Site

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Monterey has prepared a Negative Declaration, pursuant to the requirements of CEQA, for Old Capitol Site General Plan Amendment to Park and Open Space and Zoning Map Amendment to Open Space.

The proposed Negative Declaration and Initial Study, as well as referenced documents, are available for review at the City of Monterey, Planning Office, Colton Hall, 1st Floor, 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940 and on the City website at: https://monterey.org/Services/Community-Development/Planning.  In accordance with time limits mandated by State law, written comments on this Negative Declaration and Initial Study will be accepted from:

September 17, 2019 – October 8, 2019

Notice of Intent | Initial Study

For more information, please contact Community Development Director Kimberly Cole at (831) 646-3759 or cole@monterey.org.


30 August 2019
2019 Vulnerable Communities Analysis

2019 Vulnerable Communities Analysis

The 2019 Monterey Vulnerable Communities Needs Analysis identifys unmet needs in the community relating to services and housing. The Analysis also recommends strategies and best practices that have been effective in the City of Monterey and in other communities, so that the City can make calculated and strategic investments in services and programs that will best meet community priorities and improve the quality of life for its residents. Furthermore, the State of California has been intensifying its commitment of funding toward increasing the supply of housing, and this study will prepare the City to pursue competitive state grants. REVIEW THE ANALYSIS IN PDF


Planning Office
570 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: (831) 646-3885
Fax: (831) 646-3408


8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Closed: 12pm - 1pm
Planners are available from 10am -12pm and 1pm - 3pm

Elizabeth Caraker
Housing & Community Development Manager

Ande Flower
Principal Planner

Fernanda Roveri
Senior Associate Planner

Chris Schmidt
Senior Associate Planner

Mary-Kathryn Salameh
Administrative Assistant II

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