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Planning and Development

Planning & Community Development Department Overview

The Planning & Community Development Department provides both current and advance planning and development project review services to the City Council, Planning Commission, Citizens of Taft and the development community.  The Department is responsible for administering the City’s land use planning and entitlement system, managing and coordinating the General Plan, Specific and District plans, zoning and land division.  The Department also oversees California Environmental Quality Act review.

The Department provides support staffing for the Taft Planning Commission, as well as environmental and planning support to other departments within the City.  The Department plays a critical role in achieving the City Council’s goals and objectives relative to the physical development of the community.

The Department oversees all functions and services that facilitate the development and implementation of Taft’s future through long- and short-range planning.  The Department supports, facilitates, and expedites private investment in the community as well as enhancing the health, safety, and welfare of the community through effective planning for future needs, early identification of planning issues, and timely and efficient services in the area of land use entitlements.


2015 -2023 Housing Element Update

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration

Initial Study 2015-2023 Housing Element Update

Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element Update (w/edits)

Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element Update (clean copy)

Community Survey Results

Community Survey Comments

Yard Sale Ordinance

Yard Sale Application


Yard Sale Ordinance Flyer



Current Planning Activities

  •     Conditional Use Permits
  •     Environmental Assessment
  •     Lot Line Adjustments
  •     Parcel Merger
  •     Sign Plan Review
  •     Site Plan Review
  •     Special Event Permit
  •     Temporary Use Permit
  •     Tentative Maps and Parcel Maps
  •     Variance
  •     Zone Changes   

Long Range Planning Activities

  •     General Plan Management
  •     Specific and District Plans
  •     Annexations
  •     Review of Outside Agency Referrals
  •     CEQA support
Planning Department

Mark Staples - New


Mark Staples

Planning and Development 

Services Director

661-763-1222 ext. 124


209 E. Kern Street

Taft, CA 93268



661-763-1222 Ext 133





Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Mireya Camarillo

Mireya Rodriguez

Office Assistant

661-763-1222 ext. 133



City of Taft
209 E. Kern St Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-1222  |   Fax: (661) 765-2480
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