This Development Code is enacted based on the authority vested in the City of Grass Valley by the State of California, including but not limited to: the California Constitution; the Planning and Zoning Law (Government Code Sections 65000 et seq.); and the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.).
The Planning Division provides information on land use, zoning and development standards. Applications are processed for land use permits and land divisions. The Planning Division also performs long-range planning activities, including the implementation of the City's General Plan.
The Planning Division is one of 3 divisions of the Community Development Department and is located in City Hall at the City of Grass Valley.
The General Plan is a comprehensive plan for growth and development in the City of Grass Valley and the surrounding unincorporated area. Together, the City and surrounding unincorporated area are termed the Planning Area. Every county and city in California is required by State law to adopt a general plan (Article 5, Section 65300 et seq. of the Government Code).
A General Plan is often compared to a "constitution" for local development, and serves as the policy basis for all land use decisions.
The City of Grass Valley Development Code carries out the policies of the Grass Valley General Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land and structures within the City, consistent with the General Plan. This Development Code is adopted to protect and promote the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of residents, and businesses in the City.