Current 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:

  • Review a variety of applications for proposed development or land uses
  • Work with the Planning Commission to conduct public meetings and hearings
  • Implement the 2035 General Plan and the City’s Zoning Code
  • Implement Specific Plans and Community Plans
  • Implement the city’s Architectural Design Guidelines
  • Conduct environmental review per the California Environmental Quality Act 
  • Provide public notices and consider any public input on development proposals 
  • Provide staff support for the Development Review Committee, Minor Exception Permit Committee, and Planning Commission
  • Work with a variety of consultants on Planning-related activities

Long Range Planning

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 policy documents are ultimately adopted by the City Council to guide the city’s long-term growth and sustainable management of resources. 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:

  • Monitor implementation of the 2035 General Plan and the Housing Element
  • Maintain information about the City’s population and housing growth
  • Prepare or amend Specific Plans for defined geographical areas of the City
  • Prepare updates to the Zoning Code or development regulations
  • Review requests for General Plan Amendments or Zone Changes
  • Represent the City of Redlands in regional planning activities (e.g., San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Southern California Association of Governments, etc.) 
  • Prepare new or updated development standards to comply with State law or other contemporary changes
  • Provide staff support to the Historic & Scenic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission
  • Process requests for historic designation of local properties or landmarks
  • Review applications for Mills Act contracts for historic preservation activities
  • Prepare grant applications for State or Federal funding opportunities in support of Planning activities 
  • Work with a variety of consultants on matters related to Planning and Historic Preservation


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The City uses current State law for the construction of ADUs. 


Current Development Projects

Go to this page to view current development projects and applications. 


Development and Entitlement Process

The Development & Entitlement Process page provides a brief overview of the steps needed for your project to be considered, from the time of initial submittal to a final decision.


Historic Preservation

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The City of Redlands has a long and rich history, and its citizenry has always been concerned with preservation of its history by maintaining its architectural and scenic resources.


Home Occupations and Child Care Homes

Click on this link for further information how to conduct business from your home. In addition, information is provided about Family Day Care Homes and Child Care Homes in residential districts. 


Housing Element

The new 2021-2029 Housing Element was certified by the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) on September 26, 2022. 

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2021-2029 Housing Element (click here)

The City also adopted the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance on July 5, 2023.


Measure U
Growth Management Initiative

Measure U was an initiative approved by the voters of Redlands in 1997 to enact several principles of managed development within the City of Redlands. The principles in Measure U have been incorporated throughout the new 2035 General Plan, as well as several sections of the Redlands Municipal Code. 


Mills Act Program
Historic Preservation Contract

The City of Redlands invites applications from property owners to participate in the city’s Mills Act program, designed to encourage the preservation of historic properties in Redlands.


Specific Plans and Community Plans

This page provides links to the Transit Villages Specific Plan, the East Valley Corridor Specific Plan, other specific plans, and other area plans such as the Sustainable Mobility Plan and the Redlands Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan.