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Planning Department

Department Info

Planning Department
1800 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044
T: 650-738-7341
F: 650-359-5807

Tina Wehrmeister
Planning Director/Assistant City Manager







Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM*
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*Closed During Lunch
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Closed on Holidays

Department Staff

Tina Wehrmeister - Planning Director/Assistant City Manager

Christian Murdock - Deputy Director

Bonny O'Connor - Associate Planner

Helen Gannon - Assistant Planner

Ranu Aggarwal- Contract Planner

Doug Rider  - Chief Building Official

Bea Schaufelberger - Permit Technician

Jennifer Elizares - Permit Technician

Gwen White - Code Enforcement Officer

Joshua Montemayor - Management Analyst




Based on recommendations from State and local health officials, the City has made the following decisions regarding closures and cancellations. We appreciate your patience and understanding as the situation evolves.


CLOSURE MODIFICATIONS - Notice Regarding Department Services.

VIRTUAL CITY HALL - View services being offered virtually and remotely.

EMERGENCY PROGRAM - Temporary Program to Allow Outdoor Commercial Activity During COVID-19.

The Planning Department provides for the orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the City through the application and implementation of design guidelines and related policies and procedures including:

What We Do in the Planning Department

  • Lead state mandated environmental review for all development applications
  • Provide support and act as the liaison to the Planning Commission and other City committees
  • Review and analyze applications for Planning Permits including Site Development Permits, Use Permits, and Sign Permits
  • Issue building permits and enforce compliance with applicable codes and regulations
  • Conduct code enforcement functions

Quick Links

Looking for something else? Scroll down to view other major work plans and policies managed by the Planning Department. Any questions about the Planning Department or a project may be directed to (650)-738-7341 or permittech@ci.pacifica.ca.us.

Planning Commission & Notice of Public Hearings:

Housing Element 2023 - 2031:

The Housing Element is the City's framework for housing goals and policies and helps guides designs that will facilitate the creation and preservation of housing in the City. The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) will determine Pacifica's fair share of housing needs.

Current Planning:

Sea Level Rise & Landslide Preparedness:

Second Units:

One Stop Shop Program - Interested in building a second unit (Accessory Dwelling Unit)? Through a partnership with 21 Elements and Home for All, a Second Unit Resource Center has been created with a very helpful step-by-step workbook for homeowners. These workbook takes homeowners from vision to permitting to what to know when becoming a landlord for the first time.  

Climate Action Plan:

 Climate Action Plan - Read about the status of the and ways to contribute.

Quarry Site:

Quarry Reclamation Project - An application was submitted by Bayland Soil Pacifica LLC.

General Plan Links:

Useful Links & Documents: