Planning Division

Office Hours
8:00-12:00 / 1:00-5:00 Monday-Friday

Office Location
339 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 636-4360
Fax: (831) 634-4913
planning@hollister.ca.gov

Planning Department Staff
Bryan Swanson, Director
bryan.swanson@hollister.ca.gov

Abraham Prado, Planning Manager
(831) 636-4360 x11
abraham.prado@hollister.ca.gov

Maria Mendez, Assistant Planner
(831) 636-4360 x 12
maria.mendez@hollister.ca.gov

Cristian Builes, Assistant Planner
(831) 636-4360 x14
cristian.builes@hollister.ca.gov

Mission Statement
The mission of the Planning Division is to preserve the integrity of the general plan, to shape the physical environment in a way that benefits the needs of all citizens, while balancing public and private interests.

What Is Planning?
Planning is the process by which public agencies, such as the City of Hollister, determine the intensity and pattern of various land uses in a community. Because the way that land is used and distributed in the community affects the general public, the environment and the economy, planning also involves environmental and socio-economic impact assessment, and the creation and enactment development of laws and regulations to shape and implement the community's goals. It also involves analyzing and evaluating the design for the physical layout of the community, and a public approval process to facilitate balanced decision-making.

Why Does the City of Hollister Need It?
The City engages in Planning to ensure that land is preserved and used in ways that are socially and economically desirable, in order to protect the quality of life of its citizens. The primary goal is to shape the physical environment in a way that benefits the needs of all citizens, while balancing competing public and private interests. So, Planning is necessary to help the community use its resources in a rational, efficient, fair and environmentally sound way.

What We Do
The Planning Division is responsible for carrying out both Long-Range, Current Planning, and Zoning activities within the City of Hollister Planning Area (see link below). Long-Range Planning activities, include the preparation of planning policy documents, such as the City's General Plan, which provides decision-makers with a community-wide vision and guide for future land use decision making. Current Planning activities include interpreting and enforcing planning, zoning and subdivision regulations, reviewing and processing use development proposals, creating and maintaining a land use inventory, technical and demographic research and analysis, interdepartmental and intergovernmental coordination and permit processing.

Applications
Home Occupation Application
Application and information for home based business for properties locations within the Hollister City Limits. One time fee of $84.00, as long as the Home Occupation remains at the same address. For more information and home occupation permit contact this Planning Department at (831) 636-4360.

Sign Permit Application
Application and information for Administrative Review of a Wall Sign, Awning, Canopy Sign, Projecting / Blade Sign, Window Sign, Hanging Sign, Pedestrian Sign, and Temporary Banner. Administrative Permit (over counter) $43.50 plus $10 each additional sign. Zoning District Regulations will apply depending on where your property is located. For more informaion please contact the Planning Department at (831) 636-4360.

General Development Application Package 2015
For Site & Architectural Review, Conditional Use Permit, Administrative Permit Reviews, etc.
Post-Construction Stormwater Management Requirements

Landscape Application Package
Water Efficient Landscape, Chapter 15.22 H.M.C

Information Links
For detailed information about State Planning Laws, and/or the City's Planning policies and Zoning Regulations, click on the links provided below:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map 1
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map 2
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map 3

Current Residential Projects
The number on the Residential Development List corresponds to the number on the City Development Map
City of Hollister Residential Projects List 2016 (PDF File 70KB)
Residential Projects Map (PDF File 445KB)

Title 17 Zoning Regulations
Hollister Municipal Code, Title 17

California Environmental Quality Act
http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/

Zoning Map 2012
City of Hollister General Plan 2005-2023
Housing Element 2009
City of Hollister General Plan and Land Use Map

Notices
Notice of Availability Draft Environmental Impact Report Proposed Roberts Ranch Subdivision (SCH#2016011053) (PDF File 92KB)
Prezone No. 2015-5 Roberts Ranch Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (PDF File 18MB)
Complete Appendices Prezone No. 2015-5 Roberts Ranch Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (PDF File 49MB)
Phase I Market Demand Study February 2014- Proposed Hotel


Planning Commission

City of Hollister Planning Commission is a five member committee appointed by the City Council to review matters related to planning and development. The City of Hollister Planning Commission holds their public meetings at 6:00 pm on the fourth Thursday of the each month with the exception of the month of June. The June meeting occurs on the fourth Wednesday. These meetings consider land use matters, which include such things as the General Plan, specific plans, rezonings, use permits, and subdivisions.

2017 Development Review Committee and Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

2017 Meeting Agendas
June 29, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
June 22, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
May 25, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
May 23, 2017 - Special Joint Meeting with Planning Commissions of City of Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and San Benito County Agenda
April 27, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
March 23, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
February23, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
January 26, 2017 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

2016 Meeting Agendas
December 15, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
November 22, 2016 - Special Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
August 3, 2016 - Special Meeting Hollister / San Juan Bautista / San Benito County Planning Commissions
July 21, 2016 - Meeting Cancellation Notice
June 22, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
May 26, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
May 4, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
March 24, 2016 - Meeting Cancellation Notice
February 25, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
January 28, 2016 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

2015 Meeting Agendas
December 17, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
November 19, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
October 22, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
September 24, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Cancellation Notice
August 27, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
July 23, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
June 24, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Cancellation Notice
May 28, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
April 23, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
April 13, 2015 - Special Joint City Council / Planning Commission Meeting Presentation
March 26, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
February 26, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
January 22, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

Planning Commissioners

David Huboi
910 Monterey Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-0949
huboi@sbcglobal.net

Carol Lenoir (Chair)
875 San Benito Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 637-8588
lbnricky@yahoo.com

Gabriel B Torres
1120 Mulberry Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 635-9289
gabriel.torres@hollister.ca.gov

Chris Alvarez (Vice Chair)
40 Mapleton Avenue
Hollister, CA  95023
(831) 636-5293

Johnny Rosa
1970 Eldene Drive
Hollister, CA 95023
(408) 406-2002
commissionerjohnny@gmail.com

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