The Planning Department implements land use policies and
guides development activities in the City of Grass Valley.
Planning identifies the appropriate review authority and issues
permits related to land use approval,
zoning and development projects.
Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals,
property owners, developers, and citizens with a clear and
common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the
aesthetics and functionality of commercial and residential
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.
The Historic Design Review Guidelines are intended to supplement
the City of Grass Valley’s existing general
plan guidelines. They are a tool for both the
public and the City to make informed decisions regarding
additions, alterations, infill, and other similar types of
changes to historically significant residential and commercial
buildings within Grass Valley’s Historic 1872 Townsite.
Any planning permit or other approval required by Section
17.20.030 of the
Development Code (Allowable Land Uses and Planning Permit
Requirements) shall be obtained before the issuance of any
required grading, building, or other construction permit, and
before the proposed use is constructed, otherwise established or
put into operation, unless the proposed use is listed in Section
17.20.040 (Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements).
A specific plan is a document designed to implement the
goals and policies of the General Plan.
These plans contain detailed development standards,
distribution of land uses, infrastructure requirements, and
implementation measures for the development of specific
areas in the City.
Strategic Plans provide a comprehensive framework that
ensure priorities set by the City Council are
clear to City employees, and the City is held
accountable for meeting the community’s needs. Goals are
laid out that respond to priorities and objectives are achieved
to meet the goals.