The Planning Department is responsible for current application processing, long range planning, sustainability services, economic development and neighborhood services. Long range planning includes maintaining and updating the Colma General Plan, which establishes policies for future growth in our community. The Planning Division maintains and administers the regulations in the Colma Zoning Code, which specifically implements the overall policies in the General Plan through standards of development. Other activities include: preparing special planning studies; coordinating with local, regional and state agencies to ensure Colma's best interests are protected; enforcing various Town codes and ordinances relating to property maintenance and land use; and providing public information about planning and development.
Our mission is to identify and serve the needs of all people in a positive and courteous manner and to help ensure that Colma remains a healthy, safe, attractive and enjoyable place to live, work and visit. We help plan Colma’s future and preserve its unique character, promote the Town’s economic development, support community values, preserve the environment, promote the wise use of resources and protect the public health and safety.
Effective July 1, 2012, individuals or organizations (non-franchised) that collect and transport recyclable material in Colma are required to obtain a Recycling Permit from the Town of Colma. More information and forms are available on the Recycling Permit Program page.