Discretionary Applications & Process

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Discretionary applications are required for certain projects as a result of their nature or operation which may affect neighboring properties. In order to ensure compatibility with neighboring properties, the Planning Commission will review and consider items such as building placement/orientation, on and off-site traffic and vehicle circulation, parking, the relationship to surrounding properties, aesthetics, and the operation of the proposed use. The Planning Commission may require certain conditions of approval that ensure that the proposed use will not cause an adverse impact to the neighborhood.

The processing time for a discretionary application depends on the complexity of the project, but it typically takes between 3-6 months from the time a formal application is received after the proposed development is reviewed through the Pre-Application process.

The State of California Alquist-Priolo Act and the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act require certain development projects to require engineering geology and/or geotechnical review for the purpose of preventing the construction of buildings used for human occupancy across active faults, identifying seismic hazards to protect public health and safety. For more information, please review the Geotechnical and Engineering Geology Consultation and Review Process for projects that are required to submit these special studies.

Helpful Links for Geotechnical Information

California Geological Survey (CGS) Special Publication No.117

Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Liquefaction in California

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