Public Works & Planning

FY 2021-22 Budget

Department Description

The Planning Division is responsible for Advanced (long range) Planning, Current Planning (application processing), Climate Action, Economic Development and Neighborhood Services. The Planning staff, in partnership with other Town staff, residents and the business community, implements the community vision for the physical development of Colma, as described in the General Plan. Specific activities include: preparing planning studies to update policies and regulations in light of changing laws and conditions to ensure Colma continues to be a desirable community in which to live, work, visit and recreate; coordination with or participation in County and regional planning efforts to represent Colma’s interests; reviewing development proposals to ensure high quality and compatible development; reviewing all building permits for compliance with zoning requirements; enforcing codes and promoting property maintenance; and providing public information about planning and development.


The Town contracts with CSG Consultants for planning services – partially offset by fees. Professional contract staff, including the City Planner, an Assistant Planner, an Associate Planner, a Sustainability Manager, a Code Enforcement Officer and additional planning staff are available to assist the Town on an as-needed basis. Administrative support is provided by the Town’s Administrative Technician, who is under the supervision of the City Clerk.

Revenue Summary

The FY 2021-22 Planning revenues budget is $51,920 and the operating budget is $451,000. Fees collected for planning activities are based on the 2018 cost of service fee study with a recovery target of 90%. Non permit related activities are supported by General Fund revenues.

Expenditure Summary

The FY 2021-22 Planning budget is $451,000 and is $101,000 more than the FY 2020-21 Estimated Actual. The increase is the result of restoring planning operations to pre-Covid service levels.

Part of the Planning budget includes pass-through consultant and legal fees as well as contingency budget for permit reviews.

Expenditure by Categories

Expenditure by Funds

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