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Advance Planning

Advance Planning staff are responsible for the development of policies and plans intended to guide the City’s growth and development in the future, managing information about the City’s population and housing growth, and representing the City in regional planning activities undertaken by the Orange County Council of Governments and Southern California Association of Governments. Advance Planning efforts involve implementing and maintaining the General Plan, drafting new or revised standards to address changes in State planning laws, new types of land uses that are not already addressed by the Municipal Code, or problematic land uses and development conditions in the community.

In addition to its policy and statistical work, Advance Planning is also responsible for preparing environmental analysis and documents for the City’s Capital Improvement Projects such as the Main Library expansion, road widening projects, park renovations, new bike trails, and new water pumping stations. In some instances, staff coordinates the preparation of technical reports (traffic, noise, biological resources, etc.) or more complex environmental documents by consultant.

Old Towne Design Standards Update

 The Planning Division is in the process of updating the Old Towne Design Standards (OTDS). The Standards were last updated in 1999. As the City has reviewed Old Towne projects over the past decade, the Planning Division has identified aspects of the Design Standards content that could be enhanced and clarified to make the document more user-friendly for property owners, architects, and City staff. As part of the revised content, the Design Standards will incorporate graphics for purposes of illustrating the design guidance, address the “Grand Street Study,” and other feedback provided by members of the public, and the City’s Design Review Committee. The Planning Division will be conducting public workshops in the coming months to present the revisions to the Design Standards and get feedback from the public. Workshop announcements will be posted on the City website, and mailed to interested parties. For additional information about the Old Towne Design Standards Update, please contact Marissa Moshier, Historic Preservation Planner, or Anna Pehoushek, Principal Planner at the Planning Division at (714) 744-7220, mmoshier@cityoforange.org or apehoushek@cityoforange.org.

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