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  • 05/01/2015 - County of Santa Cruz announces the sale of two Measure J homes
  • 04/14/2015 - Click here to view March 24th presentation to Board of Supervisors (Item #56) regarding Environmental, Fire and Health & Safety issues related to outdoor cannabis cultivation.
  • 03/09/2015 - The Housing Advisory Commission is hosting two more public meetings to gather input for the 2015 housing element update:

                 Thursday March 12th, 6:30-8:00pm, Temple Beth El Comunity Room, 3055 Porter Gulch, Aptos

                 Monday March 16th, 6:30-8:00pm, Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 250 Main Street, Watsonville 

  • 02/06/2015 - Proposed changes to Agricultural Land Use Regulations will be discussed at Agricultural Policy Advisory Commission on Thursday February 12th at 1:30 pm. Staff report available here.
  • 12/29/2014 - Public Meeting in Felton regarding Legalization Assistance Permit Program (LAPP) re-scheduled for Thursday January 8, 2015. Click here for more info. 
  • 10/30/2014 - Public Meeting in Aptos regarding Legalization Assistance Permit Program (LAPP) scheduled for Monday November 17. Click here for more info.
  • 10/16/2014 - Vacation Rental Amemdments. See links to documents below:

                    Letter of Solicitation

                    Description of Proposed Changes to Vacation Rental Ordinance      

                    Seacliff / Aptos Designated Area (SADA) map                                

  • 10/03/2014 - Legalization Assistance Permit Program (LAPP) now effective. See links to documents below:

                    LAPP Informational Handout (Versión en Español)

                    LAPP Application (Versión en Español)

                    Sample Plot Plan (Versión en Español)

        The Planning Commission agenda is available here.

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  • 09/22/2014 - Click here to view Sept. 16th presentation to Board of Supervisors (Item #42) regarding Environmental, Fire and Health & Safety issues related to outdoor cannabis cultivation.
  • 08/08/2014 - Coastal Commission certifies County ordinance modernizing commercial regulations for hotels and motels. Now effective countywide.
  • 07/23/2014 - The Public Review Draft of the Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan has been released. The public comment period is through August 18.  Comments received by August 18 will be considered in revising the document into a final Plan, and all comments will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisorsl.  Find the plan online at

    Comment via email to:

    For more information: Visit

  • 07/10/2014 - Click here for the Draft Summary & Recommendation for the Update on Afforadable Housing Regulations
  • 06/11/2014 - Coastal Commission certifies an ordinance updating Santa Cruz County Coastal Zone regulations. Revised Chapter 13.20 now in effect countywide. Click here to view strikeout version.
  • 05/27/2014- Sustainable Santa Cruz County: Let’s keep the conversation going! Upcoming Community Workshops for the Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan will be repeated five times:

    • June 2, 7:00 PM, Main Street Elementary    3400 N. Main Street, Soquel
    • June 3, 7:00 PM, Live Oak Elementary    1916 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz
    • June 7, 10:00 AM, Live Oak Grange    1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
    • June 9, 7:00 PM, Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary    8005 Winkle Avenue, Santa Cruz
    • June 10, 7:00 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church    125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos

            For more information: 831-454-3290 or visit

  • 05/20/2014 - Board of Supervisors approves Draft Economic Vitality Strategy for a 45-day public review and comment period ending July 7.
  • 03/18/2014 - Board of Supervisors expands the applicability of minor exceptions, special garage standards and setback adjustments to facilitate environmental protection, subject to Coastal Commission certification.
  • 02/25/2014 - Coastal Commission certifies General Plan amendment and a Zoning Ordinance amendment to reduce the threshold for discretionary review of large dwellings from 7,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet. Effective as of February 13, 2014.
  • 01/28/2014 - Board of Supervisors approves a County Code amendment providing for exceptions to sign standards.  Coastal Commission certification is pending.
  • 10/24/2013 - Bonny Doon Blanket Tree Removal Permit documents now posted on website.
  • 04/29/2013 - First of two Community Meetings regarding East Cliff Village Shopping Center. Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, 7:00 p.m.
  • 04/22/2013 - "Pasatiempo Sewering Sphere of Influence & Annexation Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration"  Public Review Period: April 22, 2013 through May 21, 2013  
  • 03/29/2013 - Santa Cruz County’s new Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) is now effective countywide. A WELO webpage, calculators and other useful information is available online, also linked under Handouts & Forms
  • 02/26/2013 - Board of Supervisors approves Climate Action Strategy. See Climate Action Strategy page for details.

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