Plan Morro Bay

Zoning Code Adoption at City Council on October 25, 2022 (Ordinance 654) with second reading at November 22, 2022 City Council meeting 

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. The next step in the process is to apply to the Coastal Commission for certification of the LCP Implementation Plan (IP) which represents portions of the newly adopted Zoning Code that is part of the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

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 Plan) adopted 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:

  • Draft Zoning Code, version December 2021 was reviewed by Planning Commission on December 7, 2021. This version reflected incorporation of public input including GAC, and Embarcadero Master Leaseholder (EML) input. In addition edits were made from Coastal Commission input, as well as reflecting updates to State law.
  • Draft 2018 Zoning Code.  After the four separate modules were completed, they were incorporated in the 2018 draft Zoning Code which was reviewed by GPAC and Planning Commission (PC) with further comments and edits given over the course of nine (9) separate Planning Commission meetings in 2018.  
  • Zoning Modules: The Zoning Code update project started with each of the four modules below as portions of the draft Zoning Code. These were reviewed by the Planning Commission iteratively in 2017-2018.  A summary of the content of each Section or Chapter and changes from existing provisions were provided in the beginning of each Section or Chapter except in Module 1 where the description was included in the Introduction.

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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