Planning Division

The primary responsibilities of the Planning Division can be generally described as Current Planning or Long-Range Planning. "Current Planning" involves the review of various types of land use applications to ensure that future development will maintain a safe and high-quality built environment for the City's residents, visitors, and employees of the many businesses in town. Current Planning duties typically include the following: processing and reviewing various applications for development or land uses; verifying conformance with the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, or any applicable Specific Plans; perform environmental review in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act; provide public notices and consider any public input on development proposals; and provide staff support to the Planning Commission, Development Review Committee, and Minor Exception Committee. To view a summary of recent major projects, click here to view the Major Projects List.
"Long-Range Planning" (or Advance Planning) involves the creation or updating of policies and plans intended to guide the City's growth and development in the future. These are the policies and standards utilized by Planning staff to evaluate development applications for consistency with the community's vision for future growth. Long-Range Planning responsibilities include: maintaining the 2035 General Plan, and processing any requests for amendment; maintaining information about the City's population and housing growth; preparing Specific Plans for defined areas of the City; preparing updates to the Zoning Ordinance (Title 18 of the municipal code); preparing or amending architectural design guidelines; representing the City in regional planning activities (e.g., Upper Santa Ana River Habitat Conservation Plan, SBCTA Redlands Passenger Rail Accessibility Plan, SCAG programs, etc.); drafting new or revised development standards to comply with State law or other contemporary changes; processing Mills Act applications and requests for designation of historic properties; preparing grant applications for State or Federal funding opportunities; and provide staff support and technical expertise to the Planning Commission and the Historic & Scenic Preservation Commission.

Why is good city planning important? The video "Keeping the Promise That Is Redlands" (click here) was featured at the Mayor's State of the City Address on June 22, 2018, and illustrates why we continue to implement good Planning practices.

For information about the Transit Villages Specific Plan, including the project schedule and how to participate, go to the project website here: (click here) .

Additional information and documents can be found in the following pages: