The Aliso Viejo Planning Department is responsible for articulating and implementing the community vision of the natural and built environment as outlined in the General Plan, a comprehensive strategy for management of future physical growth and change within the community. Additionally, Planning Services administers the City Zoning Code and other ordinances/codes related to land use and development.
Planning Services coordinates multi-departmental work efforts to address the wide number of planning and development issues Aliso Viejo confronts on a regular basis. Planning Services is responsible for processing land use and development applications, ensuring compatibility of proposed projects with existing development, preparing long-range policy documents, providing the community with long- and short-term planning to coordinate and monitor growth and development, and processing environmental documents. City planners provide land use and development support to the City Council and various planning-related committees/commissions. Good land use policy is critical for the future of the City and ensures Aliso Viejo provides a high quality of life for its residents and vibrant local economy for its businesses.
Planning Before Building
In order to ensure that projects meet the requirements of the Aliso Viejo Municipal Code, applicants are now required to discuss and obtain approval for their project from the Planning Department, prior to the submittal of plans to the Building Department. This process begins with the completion and submittal of a Zoning Compliance Application for Plan Review (PS-240) to Planning Services. Please note, PS-240 requires a signature and/or letter of authorization from the property owner as well as the applicable commercial and residential management associations at the time of submittal. Please contact Planning Technician Michele Vernotico at (949) 425-2591 if you have questions about the process.
Planning Department counter hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed alternate Fridays) and by appointment. Please note that Building Department counter hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Monday through Friday (closed alternate Fridays). To schedule an appointment with the Planning Department, please contact Mary Flemister, Planning Services Administrative Secretary, at (949) 425-2529.
Aliso Viejo’s Director of Planning Services is Omar Dadabhoy.
Contact the Planning Department:
Phone: (949) 425-2525
Fax: (949) 425.3899.