The Planning Division is here to help you with information about land use, development standards, historic preservation, the environmental review process, and community demographics. Our job at the City is to guide the physical development of the community in a way that promotes attractive development that is compatible with surrounding uses. Also important is the role we play in managing development in the City’s historic districts.
Our planning and historic preservation staff are available to help you determine whether or not a property is suitable for a particular type of use, and if any special approvals are required to allow that use. We are also here to explain development standards including building setbacks and height, parking requirements, and design standards for new development and building alterations. Planning and historic preservation staff are happy to assist you, and provide guidance to help you achieve your development objectives.
- General Plan
- Land Use Application
- Environmental Planning
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
- Local Environmental Review Procedures
- Planning Resources
The award-winning City of Orange 2010 General Plan establishes a long-term vision for growth and change in the community through the year 2030. View the Orange General Plan Vision Statement (PDF)
The Orange City Council adopted the 2010 General Plan on March 9, 2010 and the Housing Element of the General Plan on April 13, 2010.
The General Plan is a forward-looking “blueprint” for our City, and is meant to
protect the quality of life for our citizens. The Plan provides goals, policies, and implementation measures that are meant to help influence physical growth and change in a manner consistent with this vision. Private individuals and businesses seeking to invest in development or redevelopment within the City also use the General Plan.
The 2010 General Plan better defines Orange's image and position within the region, allows our commercial districts to better compete in the local and regional marketplace, maintains existing neighborhood values, and addresses local and regional environmental issues.
The City of Orange Zoning Code is contained in Title 17 of the Orange Municipal Code (OMC) and represents the minimum requirement for the promotion of the public safety, health, convenience, comfort, prosperity or general welfare. Title 17 is not intended to interfere with or abrogate or annul any easements, covenants, or other agreements between parties; provided, however, that where Title 17 imposes a greater restriction upon the use of buildings or premises or upon height of buildings or requires larger space than is imposed or required by other ordinances, rules or regulations or by easements, covenants or agreements, the provisions of Title 17 shall govern.
The incorporated territory of the City of Orange is divided into land use districts, or zones, pursuant to the Planning Act of the State of California. The districts are established to serve the public health, safety, and general welfare; to provide the social and economic advantages which result from an orderly, planned use of land resources; and to guide, control, and regulate the future growth and development of the City. Zoning districts are shown on the City's Zoning Map. Regulations pertaining to each zoning district are contained in Orange Municipal Code Title 17 (Zoning).
View a Citywide Zoning Map (PDF).
To view the City's Zoning Map in an indexed "map book" format, please visit the Orange GIS Mapping website. Please note: The Zoning Map depicted on the internet is for informational purposes only. The official zoning map is on file in the Planning Division, City Hall, City of Orange.
Capital Improvement Projects
Environmental Documents and Resources
Hazardous Waste Facilities
CEQA Compliance Documentation
For additional information, please visit these pages:
Local Environmental Review Procedures
Demographic Information for the City of Orange
- Incorporated: April 6, 1888
- Area: 25.0 square miles
- Latitude: 33° 47' 16"
- Longitude: 117° 51' 00"
- Elevation: 195 feet
- Population: 140,094
For complete demographic information about Orange, California, including Population Characteristics, Housing and Household Characteristics, and Economic and Labor Force Characteristics, see Orange at a Glance (PDF).
Documents and Maps for Sale
List of Documents for Sale
- $10 Housing Element
- $10 Santa Fe Depot Specific Plan
- $10 Zoning Ordinance
- $16 City of General Plan Technical Reports
- $16 City of Orange General Plan
List of Maps for Sale
- $10 General Plan Map
- $10 Zoning Map
Plans and Documents for Reference
Chapman University Specific Plan
- A. Specific Plan Amendment No. 6 (Cover-Section 4) (Pages 1-81) (PDF)
- B. Specific Plan Amendment No. 6 (Sections 5-7) (Pages 82-197) (PDF)
- C. Specific Plan Amendment No. 6 (Appendices A-H) (Pages 198-271) (PDF)
- D. Specific Plan Amendment No. 6 (Appendices I-P) (Pages 272-326 end) (PDF)
Depot-Plaza Pedestrian Connection Study
East Orange 1975 General Plan
Orange Park Acres Plan
Santa Fe Depot Specific Plan Update - Final
Southwest Design Standards
The Riverbend Development Plan
Tustin Street Design Standards
Upper Peters Canyon Specific Plan
Water Efficient Landscape Guidelines
- (1) Water Efficient Landscape - Handout (January 2010 Current) (PDF)
- (2) Water Efficient Landscape - Guidelines (January 2010 Current) (PDF)