Planning is an integral part of making the City of Lancaster a functional, economically healthy, and attractive place to live, work, and visit. We are committed to achieving this goal through the development and implementation of a variety of short-, mid-, and long-range plans, including the City’s General Plan, various specific plans, and the City’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. Planning reviews all development proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements set forth in the City’s plans and development codes. Planning is also responsible for ensuring compliance with various environmental regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and various federal and state environmental statutes. Major work programs include:

The functions of Planning can be divided into three primary areas: advance planning, current planning, and environmental review. The responsibilities and activities of each of these areas are briefly described below.

Links of Interest:
Calendar of Events (Planning)
Design Guidelines
Environmental Review
General Plan 2030 (Current Policy Document Adopted 07-14-09)
Housing Element Update
Lancaster Municipal Code
Planning Forms and Applications
Planning Commission
Transit-Oriented Development Zones (TOD)
Watch Public Meetings
FAQ