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Plot Plan Reviews

Dept/Div. Contact:  Planning Division - (209) 577-5267

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Description:  A plot plan is a technical drawing that depicts a 'bird's eye' view of a piece of property, including any structures already on the property, all proposed structures, fence locations, distances between structures and property lines, locations of electrical receptacles, etc.  Plot plans can also include drainage, landscaping, sidewalk and other construction issues.  A Plot Plan Review may be required for certain types of residential or office development.

Examples:  A Plot Plan Review is required for new construction of multi-family dwellings in the R-2 and R-3 Zones and for offices in the Professional Office (P-O) Zone.


Submit Preliminary Proposal

The submittal is an optional courtesy review by Planning staff, which provides applicants with preliminary feedback on development proposals prior to submitting a full application. It does not include review by other departments.

Where to submit:

Planning Division
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5267

What to bring:

Information/Forms: (#PPRP)


Submit Concept Review

This review is an optional comprehensive review that includes comments from all City departments and divisions.

Where to submit:

Planning Division
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5267

What to bring:

Information/Forms: (#PPRC)


Submit an Application

Once the preliminary proposal or concept review process concludes, an application will need to be submitted. Once the application packet has been determined to be complete, most projects will take 11-12 weeks to process.  Some projects may take longer than others depending on environmental impacts and other considerations.

Where to submit:

Planning Division
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5267

What to bring:

Information/Forms: (#PPRA)


Additional Requirements

Depending upon the type of use proposed, State law may require an analysis of the project's environmental effects. A separate application for environmental review may be necessary.

Project Review

All application packets must be received by a Planner to determine if all submittal criteria have been met. A Project Planner will be assigned to process the application and will review the application with staff members from other departments for their input.

Staff Report

When the Project Planner review period has ended and the identified issues have been resolved, the application is scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for office development or the Planning Commission for multi-family development. A staff report is written, and a copy is mailed to the applicant. The staff report includes staff's recommendation and conditions to be applied to the project, if applicable.

Public Notification

Public Hearing notices are sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the property 20 days prior to the public hearing.

Public Hearing

At the public hearing, the project may be approved or denied. Staff provides an oral report on the proposal and the staff recommendation. The applicant is then given an opportunity to address the Board (or Commission), and members of the public are asked for input. The Board (or Commission) will then make its decision of approval or denial.


During a 15-day period after the public hearing, the applicant or members of the public may appeal the Commission's decision to the City Council by filing a letter of appeal with the City Clerk's Office (fee). Denials by City Council cannot be appealed.


Post-Application Information

Subsequent to project approval there may be additional processes required before a project can be constructed, such as obtaining a building permit; additional fees may be incurred.


Related Forms & Handouts (#PPR)

These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.



Have Questions?

Contact our Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.

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