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Planning Department

Department Info

Planning Department
1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044
T: 650-738-7341
F: 650-359-5807

Tina Wehrmeister
Planning Director







Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM*
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*Closed During Lunch
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Closed on Holidays

Department Staff

Tina Wehrmeister - Planning Director

Christian Murdock - Senior Planner

Bonny O'Connor - Associate Planner

Helen Gannon - Assistant Planner

Ranu Aggarwal - Contract Planner

Doug Rider - Chief Building Official

Bea Schaufelberger - Permit Technician

Jennifer Elizares - Permit Technician

Gwen White - Code Enforcement Officer

Joshua Montemayor - Management Analyst



The Pacifica Planning Department provides for the orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the City through the application and implementation of the Pacifica General Plan, Local Coastal Land Use Plan, Pacifica Zoning Ordinance, building codes, Rockaway Beach Specific Plan, design guidelines, and related policies and procedures. 

The department takes the lead in state mandated environmental review for all development applications. Planning department staff act as the liaison between applicants and other City departments and divisions, and provides technical assistance and guidance to the Pacifica Planning Commission and other City committees. Department staff also review sign applications, Home Occupation Permits and Business Licenses; perform building permit plan checks; conduct site inspections; undertake special projects and studies; and respond to a wide range of planning and development related inquiries. Through its building and code enforcement functions, the department reviews and issues building permits and helps to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations.


Curious to see what applications are being processed in your neighborhood?  Click below!
Active Planning Applications


Click here to be linked to important information about landslide preparedness


Sea Level Rise:

Click here for information on the status of the Sea Level Rise Planning project.

Second Units:

Interested in building a second unit (Accessory Dwelling Unit)?  Through a partnership with 21 Elements and Home for All, a second unit resource center has been created with a very helpful step-by-step workbook for homeowners.  These workbook takes homeowners from vision to permitting to what to know when becoming a landlord for the first time.  


Climate Action Plan:

Click here for information on the status of the Climate Action Plan and ways to contribute.


Quarry Information:

Questions about the Quarry Ballot Initiative? Find more information here:
Quarry Questions

The Planning Department is reviewing a Quarry Reclamation Plan for the former Quarry site, north of Rockaway Beach.  The Plan will address adverse impacts to the site from past surface mining operations.  Click below for more information.
Proposed Pacifica Quarry Reclamation Plan

The Planning Department is reviewing an application to develop the former Quarry site, north of Rockaway Beach.  Click below for more information.

 Quarry Development Application


Lots 6-12 Oddstad Way plans


Planning Commission Resolutions:

Planning Commission Resolutions


Draft General Plan Information:

General Plan 1980 (currently in effect)

Local Coastal Land Use Plan 1980 (currently in effect)

General Plan Update Project Information

Draft General Plan Documents

Housing Element 2015-2023

Housing Element Annual Report 2016


Zoning Information:

Zoning Code - Choose Title 9, then Chapter 4

Zoning Maps

Zoning / Planning: Handouts

Electronic Documents Available for Download:

2016 Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Sales Application

Emergency Coastal Development Permit Application

Pacifica Design Guidelines

Pacifica State Beach General Plan

Bicycle Plan

Palmetto Streetscape Plan

Rockaway Beach Design Manual

Rockaway Beach Specific Plan