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About Planning & Development Services (PDS)

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Mark Wardlaw, Director

Darren Gretler, Assistant Director

Planning & Development Services (PDS)  is a brand new department with a new approach to doing business and a new culture.  PDS combines the land use processes that used to be divided among various County departments — Planning and Land Use, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. This creates a seamless land use process that works efficiently, reduces customers’ costs and maintains the highest quality review standards.

PDS is one of six departments that make up the County's Land Use and Environment Group. It is responsible for long range land use planning, including the County General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which determine how our communities will grow. The department analyzes privately initiated land use projects to ensure compliance with land use regulations, and advises the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on the projects. Department programs such as Building Permit review and inspection and Code Compliance help maintain public health and safety. PDS is committed to helping customers navigate the land use permit process.