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The primary function of San Leandro's Planning Services Division is to direct current and advance planning activities for the City, including: processing and reviewing development proposals for residential, commercial, office and industrial projects; completing special planning studies; preparing amendments to the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Zoning Map; coordinating with local, regional and state agencies; coordinating the City's environmental review procedures and assisting in enforcement of various city codes and ordinances relating to property and land use. Division staff also provides support to the City's Planning-related advisory bodies, such as the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments and the Site Development Sub-Commission, regarding land use matters.
The Planning Division is currently involved in a wide range of projects. See the Major Projects section for information on some of the larger projects currently underway. The City in 2007 also developed an award-winning Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy to help guide future downtown development.
In 2009, the Planning Division led a city-wide effort to develop a Climate Action Plan that included extensive technical studies and outreach with the public, homeowners associations and the business community. The City Council adopted the plan in December 2009. The goal of the Climate Action Plan is to help the City and San Leandro residents, property owners and business owners reduce carbon emissions by 25% below 2005 levels by the year 2020.
City Planning staff is available to discuss planning or development issues Monday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and noon. All other times are by appointment only, by calling (510) 577-3325.