Planning Hot Topics

Plan Morro Bay EIR - Public Scoping Meeting Announced

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared to notify agencies and interested parties that the City of Morro Bay will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Morro Bay General Plan/Local Coastal Program (Plan Morro Bay) Update Project. 

The Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 4-6pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building located at 209 Surf Street.  The meeting is an opportunity for City and consultant staffs to gather information from the public regarding the potential environmental impacts of the project that need to be evaluated in the Program EIR.  If you are unable to make the meeting, email or mailed comments can be submitted to Cindy Jacinth, Senior Planner, City of Morro Bay, 955 Shasta Avenue, Morro Bay, 93442 or

To read the complete NOP, click here.

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 process, called "Plan Morro Bay" is now underway with release of the draft combined General Plan/Local Coastal Plan anticipated to be May 2018.  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 modules, as well as background technical reports.
In addition, the City has formed the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) to provide community input, serve 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  The GPAC meets the third Thursday of each month at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay.  Meetings are open to the public - please come - we are always seeking public input.

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 recently been released.  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

Sign workshop forums to be held at the Veteran's Memorial Building on 8/3/17 and 8/24/17 from 9am to 1030am.  The 8/3/17 forum will be focused on Quintana and North Main businesses. The 8/24/17 forum will be focused on Downtown and Embarcadero businesses. Feel free to come to one or both of the forums.

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.