The Planning Division serves as the professional and technical advisors to the City Planning Commission/Site and Architectural Review Board and the City Council on policy matters and issues concerning land development and land uses within the community. In addition, the department handles administrative actions that do not require actions by the Planning Commission or City Council and assists new relocating and expanding businesses. The Division provides both current and advanced planning services, , and business assistance.

Current Planning involves the review and processing of land development applications that result in the construction or use of a parcel of land or a structure. The review of specific projects typically involves Design Review, Technical Review, Environmental Review, Plan Checking and Inspection.

Advance Planning involves long range planning including the administration and update of the City's General Plan, the review of Specific Plans, administration of the City Zoning Ordinance, and other special studies or land use ordinances as directed by the City Council. The Department is committed to providing accurate and timely response to questions from the general public and to review individual development projects in a timely and fair manner.

Development Activity current development projects in the City of Grand Terrace, click below for list:

Planning Project List 2024

Grand Terrace Active Transportation Plan

Grand Terrace Active Transportation Plan - Oct 2018 Appendices
Grand Terrace Active Transportation Plan - Oct 2018

Planning Documents

Grand Terrace Municipal Code
Municipal Code

Zoning Map
Zoning Code Map
General Plan Land Use Map
General Plan Land Use Map

Grand Terrace General Plan
General Plan Cover & Table of Contents
Adopted General Plan
C1 Introduction
C2 Land Use
C3 Circulation
C4 Open Space
C5 Public Health Safety
C6 Noise
C7 Public Services
C8 Housing
C9 Sustainable Development
Final Environmental Impact Report 2010

Planning Documents
Barton Road Specific Plan

Planning Fees

(Fees linked below are the most current adopted by
City Council Resolution and supersede any amounts 
that may be out of date on linked Planning Applications)

Planning Fees

Planning Applications

Land Use Application
Home Occupation Permit Application

Development Advisory Board Application
Environmental Information Form
Sign Application
Temporary Sign(s) in the Public Right-Of-Way Application
Special Event Temporary Sign Application
Special Event Application
Uniform Application Minor
Uniform Application Major

Housing Element Update 2021-2029

State HCD comment letter received February 10, 2022

Housing Element and response to comments matrix 

Grand Terrace Revised Housing Element May 2024
The revised Housing Element was available for public review from May 16th through May 23rd, 2024. Revisions were made in response to the comment letter received from HCD in February 2022 and are shown in red underline. 

Housing Element Workshop April 2024 (English, Spanish)


Planning Contact Information


Gabriel Arguelles
Assistant Planner
Planning and Development Services

Scott Hutter
Planning Director
Planning and Development Services

City Hall Offices
22795 Barton Rd.
Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Phone: (909) 954-5176

Operating Hours:

Monday - Thursday
Planning Permit Hours 7:00am- 4:30pm
Planning Counter Hours 7:00am-5:00pm

Planning Permit Hours 7:00am-3:30pm
Planning Counter Hours 7:00am-4:00pm