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General Plan / Local Coastal Program Update 

The City is updating its General Plan and Local Coastal Program, long-range planning documents which were both adopted in the 1980s. This also includes a comprehensive update of the City's Zoning Code (Title 17 of the Morro Bay Municipal Code).

This process, called "Plan Morro Bay" completed a public draft of the combined General Plan/Local Coastal Plan May 2018.  Public comments, GPAC, and Planning Commission comments and recommendations have been received and staff is currently working with Coastal Commission on incorporating comments into the draft documents for future adoption after completion and routing of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which is still being drafted.

For complete information on Plan Morro Bay and to sign up for alerts and notifications, please see the Plan Morro Bay website at The Plan Morro Bay website includes drafts of the proposed Land Use Map, proposed Zoning Code and map, as well as the background technical reports.
This was completed with the assistance of the City's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) which provided community input, served as liaison to the community on General Plan / Local Coastal Plan related topics and to support the policy direction provided by the City Council. For more information on the GPAC, please visit our GPAC page at  

Housing Element Update 2020-2027

The City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to prepare an update to the Housing Element of the City's General Plan and associated environmental assessment.  Proposals are due by 5pm on August 21, 2019. The Housing Element is one of the seven State-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element is updated every eight years to identify recent demographic and employment trends that may affect existing and future housing demand and supply. The Housing Element serves as a tool to review past performance and make policy and program changes to provide more opportunities to achieve the housing needs of the community. The Housing Element addresses the City’s ability to meet the regional housing needs as determined by the State of California. The City has developed a set of objectives and specific policies and programs to produce housing to meet the needs of all Morro Bay citizens. For any questions, please contact Scot Graham, Community Development Director at (805) 772-6291 or  

To view the 2020-2027 Housing Element RFP, click here

City response to questions and clarifications on the RFP is available here

Draft Sign Ordinance

The Planning Division is currently in the process of amending the City's Sign Ordinance, Title 17.68 of the City's Zoning Ordinance. An updated version has been released.and is available below. To view the July 2017 draft version, see below along with a sign district map as well as more information regarding both the existing and proposed sign ordinance, and summary table of differences between existing and proposed Sign Ordinance. 

Summary Table of difference between existing and proposed Sign Ordinance

July 2017 Public Draft Sign Ordinance

Existing Sign Ordinance, MBMC 17.68

Sign Districts Map
Flier for Quintana and North Main St. businesses
Flier for Downtown and Embarcadero businesses

This draft sign ordinance will be incorporated in Plan Morro Bay and the draft Zoning Code.  For more information or additional questions, please contact Scot Graham, Community Development Director at (805) 772-6291 or email at  




Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, and ESG Programs

Morro Bay is a participating member of the Urban County Consortium which is comprised of the County of San Luis Obispo and the cities of Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. The Urban County is an entitlement county which receives annual, formula-based grants of CDBG, HOME and ESG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Applications for community development activities are solicited annually every fall with public participation workshops and funding recommendations forwarded by the City Council to the County Board of Supervisors every winter. 
For guidelines and regulations, visit SLO County Planning. For more information, contact Cindy Jacinth, Senior Planner, at 805-772-6577.