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Planning Department

The Planning Department develops and implements policy documents that guide land use in Martinez. The documents include but are not limited to the General Plan, The Downtown Plan as well as applicable sections of the municipal code. The staff also reviews development projects submitted to the city to ensure compliance with these policy documents.

 Below are some helpful links for more information:

General Plan
The General Plan is the guiding policy document for the city. Our adopted General Plan is found here:
General Plan (17MB)

Our Housing Element may be found here:
Housing Element

The Draft New General Plan is found here:
Draft General Plan

Zoning Ordinance
The Zoning Ordinance is found in Title 22 of the Municipal Code. It contains specific requirements for new construction in Martinez. The Zoning Ordinance also establishes which land uses (types of businesses and residences) are allowed in each zoning district. The Zoning Ordinance is consistent with the General Plan and implements the goals and policies found in the General Plan. 
Zoning Ordinance

Tree Protection Ordinance
The Tree Protection Ordinance is found in Chapter 8.12. This Chapter governs preservation of certain protected trees in the City of Martinez. The purpose of this Chapter is to provide for protection of trees on private property by controlling tree removal while allowing for reasonable enjoyment of private property rights and property development.
Tree Protection Ordinance

General Plan and Zoning Maps
Zoning and General Plan designations for individual properties can be found by searching for a property address. The zoning and General Plan land use designations will appear in the search results. To view all City zoning districts or General Plan designations, turn on the zoning layer and labels under Planning in the Legend menu. See page for additional layers. To use the City's Geographic Information System (GIS), click below: 
Community View/GIS

Forms, Checklists and Fees
Start here to get started on new planning projects! 
Land use Forms
Fee Schedule

Major Projects
Start here to find out about projects that have a high degree of community interest!
Major Projects

Document Library
This is a virtual library of City of Martinez land use documents
Document Library

The Planning Department also serves as staff liaison for these two appointed bodies of the city: 
Planning Commission
Design Review Committee
And serves as the Zoning Administrator.

For more information, please call the Planning Department at 925-372-3515, Monday to Friday between 8am - 5pm; closing for lunch 12pm - 1pm.