Community Development

The City of Arcata's Community Development department manages the following areas that focus on sustainable growth and enhancing the City's character, availability of all types of housing, and support and growth of the City's economy.

  1. Planning
  2. Housing
  3. Economic Development
  4. Foodworks Culinary Center
  5. Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit

The Planning Division manages several vital City functions.  Long range planning, which includes areas such as Land Use Code, Zoning, and elements of the City's General Plan, reflect the City Council's vision and provide the foundation for growth and character of the City. Shorter range plans include study and preparation for issues such as Sea Level Rise. Planning is also responsible for the implementation of the Land Use Code in permitting, design review, historic properties, and annexations.

Planner Counter Hours
Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The City's Planners are available for assistance during these counter hours. Limited counter hours make it possible for the City's Planners to serve all customers better by allowing them to focus on projects which result in shorter review times.

Please visit our Planning Division page for information on Planning Permits, Historic Preservation, Regulations, and Major Development Projects that are managed by the Planning Division and are currently in various permitting, planning, or environmental review phases.