Community Development


The Community Development Department supports the Vision and Mission of the City by providing professional planning services to the City. The Department promotes quality of life in Gonzales through careful attention to the City’s physical and social development requirements. The Department promotes economic development consistent with the City Council’s goals, and City’s adopted plans and programs.


The Department processes applications for all physical development involving private land, including Conditional Use Permits; Site Plan Permits, Sign Permits, and subdivision and parcel maps. The Department works closely with applicants, other City Departments, and County, State and Federal agencies to ensure development conforms to requirements and the best contemporary practices. The Department manages environmental review for projects and supports the Planning Commission and City Council, and is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Zoning Ordinance and Gonzales General Plan. Other activities include building assistance, the loan program, Downtown Revitalization, interagency coordination, grant applications and administration, and affordable housing programs. The Department also works on economic development through outreach assistance to property owners and developers in the promotion of the City.


New initiatives will be carefully managed and limited due to budget constraints.  New project review activities will be undertaken only upon receipt of application fees or reimbursement agreements from applicants, or when assigned through the City Manager. Efforts will be focused on completing projects for which funding is in place. 


Ag. Industrial Business Park

Contact Info

Community Development Department
Street Address
147 Fourth St., Gonzales, CA
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Planning Department Staff

Planning Department staff, Matthew Sundt and Tencia Vargas