What can I do to help out in the Lemon Grove community?
The easiest way to contribute is by taking care of your own property and by picking up three pieces of trash a day as you are out and about in the community regardless of where you are. A friendly demeanor and being neighborly will encourage others to do the same. The City and local non-profits are always looking for volunteers and we’d love to hear your ideas for improving our community as well.
What should I do to do add value to my home?Studies show, that based on cost, wood decks and patio covers, a fresh coat of paint, reducing clutter, and renovated landscape are the easiest and cheapest ways to add to the property value to your home and business.
Will I need to do a public street dedication or public street improvements as a part my building or planning permit application?Possibly, in accordance with Chapter 12.10, Building Permits valued over $15,000 may require public street dedication towards the ultimate right-of-way width in accordance with the General Plan Roadway Circulation Plan Figure M-1. Residential Collectors require a 56 foot public right-of-way width. Building Permits valued over $25,000 may require full street improvements along the street frontage. Additionally, as a part of any subdivision, planned development, or minor or conditional use permit, public street dedication and improvements may be required.
7:30 - 10:00 a.m., Monday- Thursday
For questions, call 619-825-3805
*Note, submittals and resubmittals may be accepted during counter hours or by appointment only.
**Reminder, property owner authorization is required for all permit application submittals. Written authorization from the property owner is acceptable. Corporate owners require proof of authorized signatory (must be recorded documentation).
This is the first stop for obtaining information about what can be built and where it can be built in Lemon Grove.
- Answer zoning questions from the general public
- Conduct site inspections
- Coordinate regional planning efforts with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and other regional groups
- Enforce the zoning regulations set forth in the Lemon Grove Municipal Code
- Monitor the implementation of the Lemon Grove General Plan
- Process applications for use permits, planned development permits, sign permits, and variances
- Process requests to subdivide property
- Propose amendments to the Lemon Grove General Plan and Municipal Code
- Report to the Planning Commission and City Council
- Review building permit applications for conformance with zoning regulations
Current Planning Efforts
General Plan Update
Lemon Grove last updated the General Plan in 1996 and over the past 20 years the City has changed, development standards have changed, and the community’s wants and needs have changed. In 2015, under the City Council leadership, City staff partnered with graduate students from the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) Design Studio Team to conduct community outreach, create a community profile and put together a draft general plan update. The Cal Poly SLO team working in conjunction with a City Council appointed ad hoc focus group set out to build a community profile that will shape the ideas that will be considered as part of the General Plan. Over 1,000 community members participated in various outreach efforts held over the course of five months. Additionally, two focused workshops were held to gather specific input on community design and economic development, as well as street development and circulation around town.
On February 16, the Lemon Grove City Council held a public hearing to hear a summary of the community outreach and consider some concepts and ideas to fold into the update of the general plan. Over all, the participants loved the small town, sense of community atmosphere of Lemon Grove. Some of the areas of desired improvements include better streets, making the town more walkable; and improved perception of the City, which includes a cleaner, safer Lemon Grove. Economic development was a prominent theme, with residents wanting more family-friendly dining options, more retail outlets and a hotel or two. With the results of the community survey and feedback and direction from the City Council, a rough draft of the general plan is being developed. A draft plan will be presented to the City Council to garner additional feedback before the plan is finalized in preparation for the required environmental review.
Staff’s goal is to present a General Plan to the City Council and the Community for final adoption in October of 2016. All the of the community results from the Cal Poly SLO team and the two community workshops is available on-line on the City’s General Plan update webpage.
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|Municipal Code||Zoning Map|
|Applications & Forms||Land Use Map|
|General Plan Update||Street Address Map|
|2014 Health Element||Landscape Regulations|
|Housing Resources|| Planning Permit
| Special Event/ Temporary Use Permit
| Temporary Sign Permit