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Case Planner Process for Discretionary Planning Applications

In 2013, the City's Planning Division launched an updated process for discretionary planning applications.  The key features of the new process are:

  1. The Case Planner.  The Case Planner is now an applicant's primary point of contact before and during the discretionary application process. The Case Planner will:

     a) Provide a step-by-step roadmap of the application process.
     b) Review the City's application requirements and assist the applicant  with prepartation of application material and plans.
     c) Coordinate with other City Department and Divisions.
    d) Provide regular status updates.
     e) Assist with the steps following the discretionary application process (plan check review, inspections, legal documents, etc.)
  2. Preliminary Project Review.  The primary feature and benefit of the new process is the assignment of a Case Planner before the submittal of any discretionary permit application.  The purpose of assigning a Case Planner early is to:   
     a) Provide a more personal experience early in the process.
     b) Ensure an application is complete for processing.
     c) Reduce rounds of review and corrections during the formal application process.
    d) Reduce the cost of multiple submittals and avoid decision or public hearing delays.
  3. Discretionary Planning Applications must be submitted by appointment. At the submittal appointment, the assigned Case Planner will review the application material and ensure it is complete for processing.
  4. Early involvement of all City Departments.  The material submitted with discretionary applications will be distributed to all the  relevant Departments for review within a week of the submittal. Involving other departments early in the process helps identify potential problems early and avoid unexpected delays and costs.
  5. New Application Forms and Online Resources.  The Planning Application Form and Application Form and Application Guides for discretionary permits we recently updated by our staff and are available on the Planning Division webpage (click here). Below is a list of the new online resources:
     a) Case Planner Request Form 
     b) Discretionary Application Process Flow Chart and Summary
    c) A New Planning Application Form and Application Submittal Checklists (fillable forms)
    d) Plan Preparation Checklists and Sample Plans (coming soon)

    If you have questions about the discretionary permit application process or to request a Case Planner, please contact our department at (310) 524-2380 and speak to one of our planners.       
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