Planning Division

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30 pm, Closed Fridays

Office Location
339 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831.636.4360

Appointment Required
All planning application require an appointment prior to submittal. Contact the Planning Division to schedule an appointment.

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.


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

Current Projects
The number on the Development List corresponds to the number on the City Development Map

Highway 25 Info

Hollister Municipal Code

California Environmental Quality Act

Other Information


Planning Commission

City of Hollister Planning Advisory Commission is a five member committee appointed by the City Council to review matters related to planning and development. The City of Hollister Planning Advisory 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.

Planning Commissioners

2022 Meeting Agenda

2021 Meeting Agendas

2020 Meeting Agendas

2019 Meeting Agendas

2018 Meeting Agendas

2017 Meeting Agendas

2016 Meeting Agendas

2015 Meeting Agendas

The City is updating its General Plan and we want you to be involved every step of the way. Learn more about the General Plan, participate in online activities, and stay up to date at!

Planning Documents Search

To search and access Planning Department documents, including Meeting Agendas, Packets, and Minutes, please click on the Weblink Icon below:

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Type in your keywords to search specific items, or select "Click here to browse" to browse folders for documents.

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