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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 Specific 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. The Planning Division also serves as staff liaison for the Planning Commission and serves as the Zoning Administrator.


 Planning Application Submittals

Please make an appointment with Planning Division staff to discuss whether your next project will require submittal of a planning application. Appointments can be arranged by emailing dutyplanner@cityofmartinez.orgStaff will arrange to meet with you virtually through Zoom or in person at Martinez City Hall based on your preference.

Cost Recovery Agreements

If a planning application is required, staff will inform you of the applicable submittal requirements and review fees. Please note that (pursuant to the City’s adopted Master Fee Schedule) the City Manager has the option of determining whether a planning application will be processed on a flat fee or hourly rate basis. The planning application types that will be processed on an hourly rate basis include the following:

  • General Plan Amendments
  • Rezonings/Prezonings
  • Telecom/Wireless Communications Facilities
  • Environmental Reviews (Initial Studies, Negative Declarations, and EIRs)
  • Major and Minor Subdivisions
  • Use Permits
  • Non-Administrative Design Reviews
  • Any other planning applications deemed appropriate by the City Manager

Planning 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 the application processing costs exceed the initial deposit amount. 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. 


General Plan Update Mapping Tool

The General Plan Update Mapping Tool was developed by the City of Martinez planning staff to show the land use designations being proposed throughout the city as part of the 2035 General Plan Update. The mapping tool allows the user to identify the proposed land use designations for a property by searching for an address or assessor's parcel number.

To learn more about the City's General Plan Update, please visit the project webpage. Comments on the General Plan Update should be emailed to GPcomments@cityofmartinez.org


CommunityView Maps

The City of Martinez provides a variety of 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)


Environmental Reviews

Amare Apartment Homes Project, 16PLN-0012
Comment Period for NOP Closes: Monday, February 21, 2022

Brookside Assisted Living Project, 20PLN-0142
Comment Period for IS/MND Closed: Friday, November 19, 2021

New Single-Family Residence at 370 Lindsey Drive Project, 20PLN-0001
Comment Period for IS/MND Closed: Monday, October 11, 2021

Sunrise Self-Storage Project, 17PLN-0015
Comment Period for IS/MND Closed: Friday, July 23, 2021


Major Projects

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

 

Amare Apartments

Latest Submittal: January 2021

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

General Plan Update 
Revised Draft Released on November 5, 2021

Existing General Plan

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.

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