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Planning Division

The Planning Division 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. Planning staff also review development projects submitted to the City to ensure compliance with these policy documents. Updated information about current Planning processes and some helpful links are provided below.


Planning Division Processes During COVID-19

In March 2020, the City of Martinez declared a Local Public Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. However, the City is still processing planning applications and building permits. Please note that all inquiries to the Planning Division should be made via email to: dutyplanner@cityofmartinez.org. At current staffing levels, it may take up to 5 business days for a response to your inquiry.

If you would like to request a Zoom appointment to discuss plans, please email a planner at dutyplanner@cityofmartinez.org.


Submitting and Processing a Planning Application

During this time, the City is only accepting permit applications by USPS or uploaded to the City’s Hightail account.  This link to the Application Forms include step-by-step instructions describing how to submit Planning Permit applications. Application fee payment instructions are also found with the link to the application forms.

Pursuant to the City’s adopted Master Fee Schedule, the City Manager has the option of determining whether a planning application will be (1) processed under the “one-time” fees listed in the Planning Fee Schedule or (2) processed on an hourly staff rate basis. Applications for General Plan Amendment, Rezoning/Prezoning, Telecom/Wireless Communications, and Environmental Review (Initial Study, Negative Declaration, Environmental Impact Report) will all be processed at an hourly rate basis and cost recovery agreements will be required. Other planning applications that will typically be processed on an hourly rate basis with an associated cost recovery agreement include: Major and Minor Subdivisions (Planning Application), Use Permits, Non-Administrative Design Review, and any other permit application deemed appropriate by the City Manager.

Cost Recovery Agreement

Applications that are processed on an hourly rate basis will be required to enter into a cost recovery agreement with the City. Depending on the application type, an initial chargeable deposit of $5,000 (or more) will be required at the time of application submittal. Additional deposit funds may be required if application processing costs exceed the initial deposit.

Any monies remaining in the deposit account at the completion of application processing will be refunded to the applicant, minus a Technology Fee of $15 and any public notification fees for those projects requiring a public hearing.

Public Hearing Process

When a public hearing is required for your project application, a virtual public hearing before the City Council or Planning Commission will be held via Zoom at a link found here or by the Zoning Administrator via Zoom at a link found here.

For more information, please contact the Planning Division at: dutyplanner@cityofmartinez.org.


Maps

The City of Martinez provides maps through CommunityView™ Maps, a Geographical Information System (GIS), which provides detailed information about properties from a geographic perspective. The GIS information provided by the City of Martinez is a public resource providing a visual display of general information for your convenience. The information displayed by CommunityView™ Maps is provided by Digital Map Products and is not maintained by the City of Martinez.

By entering a street address or an Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) in the search box, you can locate a particular property and view the following types of information such as Aerial Color Photography, City Boundary, Contours, DFIRM Flood Map and FIRM Panels, Downtown Overlay District, General Plan, Historic Overlay, District Parcel Information, Places of Interest, Property Lines, Sphere of Influence, Urban Limit Line, Zoning and Zoning Classification.

If you cannot access CommunityView™ Maps and need information about a property, please contact the City of Martinez at (925) 372-3500 or visit City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez.

Zoning Maps

Large - 42" x 64" (73mb)

Small- 11" x 17" (1mb)

Land Use Maps

Large - 40" x 55" (47mb)

Small- 11" x 17" (0.5mb)


Major Projects

The City of Martinez is currently in the process of completing the following major projects.

 

Amare Apartments

Latest Submittal: April 2019

Cannabis Program

Last Submittal: July 2019

Marina Trust Lands Use Plan

Updated: Sept. 6, 2019

Mini Storage

Intersection of Sunrise   

& Pacheco

Traditions at the Meadow

Formerly Pine Meadow

Updated: Aug. 28, 2019

Zoning Text Amendment

Central Commercial District

Updated: Aug. 28, 2019


Plan Documents

NEW General Plan (Draft)

Updated version of the guiding policy for the City of Martinez.

General Plan

A guiding policy for the City of Martinez.

Housing Element (2015 - 2023)

Document included as part of the City of Martinez general plan which establishes housing objectives, policies and programs in response to community housing conditions and needs.

Appendix A

Downtown Specific Plan

A tool authorized by the California Government Code Sections 65450 – 65457 for the systematic implementation of the General Plan in a defined portion of a community’s planning area.

2019 Community-Based Transportation Plan (Draft)

Updated version of the Community-Based Transportation Plan.

Community-Based Transportation Plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has allocated funds to develop CommunityBased Transportation Plans (CBTPs) for the Bay Area’s Communities of Concern, including Downtown Martinez.  


Planning Ordinances

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.

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.


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

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