Plan Morro Bay

Zoning Code / Coastal Implementation Plan Amendments, Zoning Map Amendment, and General Plan/LCP Land Use Plan Map Amendments (Title 17 of the Morro Bay Municipal Code)

On November 14, 2023, the City Council introduced for first reading the adoption of Ordinance 662 which approves various amendments to the City's 2022 Zoning Code/ Implementation Plan (IP) and Zoning Map amendment as well as a General Plan/LCP Land Use Map amendment. The second reading for Ordinance 662 will be on December 12, 2023. Those portions of the Zoning Code that are the IP become legally effective upon certification by the Coastal Commission. Those portions of the Zoning Code that are not in the IP become legally effective 30 days after Ordinance adoption.

On September 19, 2023, October 3, 2023, and November 7, 2023, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution 15-23 and Resolution 18-23 to forward a favorable recommendation to the City Council to adopt amendments to the City's 2022 Zoning Code/ Coastal Implementation Plan (IP), Zoning and Land Use Map Amendments. The proposed amendments to the 2022 Zoning Code/ IP below are the result of California Coastal Commission (CCC) requested edits to the City's pending IP certification application as well as recommended City clean-up amendments.  

City Council 2022 Zoning Code/IP Amendments Adoption Hearing Draft (track changes) (November 14,2023 Council meeting)

City Council 2022 Zoning Code/IP Amendments Adoption Hearing Draft (clean formatting), (November 14, 2023 Council meeting)

Proposed Amendment to 2022 Zoning Map , November 2023

Proposed General Plan/LCP Land Use Plan Map Amendment, November 2023

City Council 11-14-2023 Staff Report and all Attachments

Planning Commission Documents:

PC Amendment Draft Zoning Code/IP document with proposed edits shown (track changes)

PC Amendment Draft Zoning Code/IP document with  proposed edits in clean formatting

Planning Commission 9-19-23 Agenda Staff Report and Attachments

Planning Commission 10-3-23 Agenda Staff Report and Attachments

Zoning Code Update Adopted by City Council (Ordinance 654) on November 22, 2022 

 On October 25, 2022, City Council held a public hearing to introduce for first reading Ordinance 654 to repeal and replace the Zoning Code and Zoning Map. Ordinance 654 also includes miscellaneous amendments to update zoning language references in page 5-3 of the Waterfront Master Plan and Chapters 5.50, 5.60, 7.16, 8.32, 9.28, 10.60, 12.08, 12.12, 13.04, 13.20, 14.44, 14.42, 16.36, 16.40, and 16.48 of the Morro Bay Municipal Code. The comprehensive update of the Zoning Code/ Implementation Plan (Title 17 of the MBMC) is part of the Plan Morro Bay Project which implements the General Plan/LCP Coastal Land Use Plan. 

The City Council adopted Ordinance 654 on November 22, 2022. An application for Coastal Commission certification was submitted in December 2022 for certification of the LCP Implementation Plan (IP) which represents those portions of the newly adopted Zoning Code that is part of the Local Coastal Program (LCP). As of May 2023, that certification application is still under review by the Coastal Commission.

A full copy of Ordinance 654 is also available in the office of the City Clerk at 595 Harbor Street, Morro Bay, California.  The City Council staff report and attachments for the October 25, 2022 Adoption Hearing is available here. The November 22, 2022 staff report is available here


Plan Morro Bay Project Documents: 

Plan Morro Bay is the City's General Plan / Local Coastal Program (LCP) adopted by City Council on May 25, 2021 with the LCP certified by the California Coastal Commission on August 12, 2021. 

  • Adopted Plan Morro Bay(General Plan / Local Coastal Planadopted by City Council on May 25, 2021 and certified by the California Coastal Commission by unanimous vote on Thursday August 12, 2021. 

Zoning Code Update - older files:

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) 

Technical Reports 

Supporting Documents


Funding Support


The City of Morro Bay acknowledges funding support by the Coastal Commission and Ocean Protection Council. In addition, the Plan Morro Bay Comprehensive LCP Update project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovate ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefitting residents of disadvantage communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: 

Get Involved

The update of the City's General Plan/Local Coastal Program and Zoning Code started in 2015. The City Council adopted a comprehensive update of the General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan in May 2021 and the LCP Coastal Land Use Plan was certified by the Coastal Commission in August 2021. The Zoning Code / Implementation Plan component of the project has been completed and was recommended for adoption by Planning Commission on September 20, 2022.  City Council will hold a public hearing on October 25, 2022 to consider final adoption.  For any questions, feel free to contact Scot Graham, Community Development Director at or Cindy Jacinth, Senior Planner at 

General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings and material

To view past agendas, staff reports, and presentations for Plan Morro Bay materials presented to the GPAC, either click the link to the left or click here.

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