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. 


In 2019, Pembrook Development and Jackson Family Investments submitted their respective annexation applications to the City of Gonzales for the Vista Lucia and Puente del Monte Specific Plans.  The two annexation projects combined will result in the development of approximately 6,800 residential units (apartments, SFD on various sized lots, duplexes, triplexes, etc.) and appurtenant public infrastructure, schools, and parks on the combined total of 1,318 acres (Vista Lucia Specific Plan = 768 acres and Puente del Monte Specific Plan = 550 acres).  This urban development is anticipated to occur over 25 to 30 years.  The Vista Lucia project will result in 3,500 residential units and the Puente del Monte project will result in approximately 2,600 units.  The remaining approximately 700 units are dispersed on acreage in the Sphere of Influence that is not part of the Vista Lucia and Puente del Monte annexations. 

The Community Development Department will formally present the application to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council by end of 2020.  During 2020, the CEQA documents will be prepared and circulated to the public.  Upon City Council approval of the annexation application, which is anticipated to occur in December 2020, the annexation application will then be forwarded to the Monterey County LAFCO for their review and approval.  The LAFCO Commission consideration should occur by April 2021.  Various reports on the subject of public infrastructure prepared by the City’s consultants were completed in 2019. Following LAFCO review and approval of an annexation, a Specific Plan and Development Agreement will be prepared for each project.  Grading and trenching is anticipated to start in 2023.  Following the annexation approval by LAFCO, and completion of the Specific Plans and Development Agreements for each project area, real estate will be sold off in blocks to developers.


Broadband services are available in Gonzales.

The following Internet Service Providers have supplied the following information. 

Charter Communications

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Wi-Fi Service with a Hotspot ranges from $10-$95
Unlimited Data for tablets: $20 with cellular service.
TV Service will be offered in the upcoming months.
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Community Development Department
Street Address
147 Fourth St., Gonzales, CA
Phone Number

Community Development Director / Building Official

Community Development Director
Matthew Sundt

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