The Planning and Permitting Division assists the community as it grows in meeting its long-range land use, circulation, and public facilities needs, and maintaining its quality of life. In doing this, the division provides a professional level of development services support to the general public, applicants, City departments, Bicycle Advisory Commission, Design Review/Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and the City Council. The Planning Division has 7 full-time employees and all functions related to the Planning Division are overseen by Kim Espinosa, Planning Manager.
The Merced Vision 2030 General Plan is the official document used by the City’s decision-makers and citizens to guide the long-range development of land and the conservation of resources in Merced. It is the key document with which all other City ordinances and policies must be consistent. It is considered to be the City's "blueprint" for the future, and provides the bridge between the community's values and development decisions to be made by the City. For more information about the General Plan, please refer to the links to the left of this page.
The Planning Division is also responsible for processing new development applications. The processing of new development applications includes the review of preliminary plans, holding hearings for the public review and comment on the proposals, and overseeing the implementation of the development to ensure that it is constructed in accordance with all City requirements.
Public participation is encouraged in the review of all new development projects within the City. The City strives to maximize participation by holding neighborhood meetings, forming ad hoc citizen committees, and noticing property owners within 300 ft. of proposed major developments. If you would like more information about new development presently undergoing review or how to make improvements to your property (house additions, new fences, pools, etc.), please contact the Planning Division.
To contact the Planning Division, please call (209) 385-6858 or visit our offices on the 2nd floor of the Merced Civic Center at 678 West 18th Street. Our office hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (we are closed during the lunch hour). You may also contact Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org