Zoning Administrator

Certain applications under the purview of the Planning Department are discretionary applications and require review and action by Plumas County’s Zoning Administrator. The role of the Zoning Administrator is assumed by Plumas County’s Planning Director. For more information call: Tracey Ferguson, AICP, Planning Director at (530) 283-6214.

The Planning Director is the Zoning Administrator; however, due to a lack of staffing at this time, the Planning Director is acting as planning staff to the discretionary applications, and Jim Graham, has been named the Interim Zoning Administrator, effective June 20, 2023.  

Zoning Administrator meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month in the Planning and Building Services Conference Room located at 555 Main Street, Quincy.

The duties of the Zoning Administrator are to act as a hearing officer and take action on discretionary applications and projects. The types of applications requiring review and action by the Zoning Administrator are:

  • Certificate of Compliance
  • Extension of Time
  • Modification Permit
  • Permit to Mine/Reclamation Plan
  • Planned Development Permit
  • Reconsideration
  • Site Development Permit
  • Special Use Permit
  • Tentative Map
  • Variance

For more specific details on each type of application mentioned above, please visit the Planning Department’s Application and Handouts webpage.

After submitting an application to the Planning Department requiring review and action by the Zoning Administrator, the process generally involves the following:

  1. Planning staff opens a 30-day review period beginning from the date of application receipt, and then, based on the application and information submitted, Planning staff reviews the project and solicits comment from all departments and agencies affected by the project to determine if an application is complete.
  2. If the application is determined completely by Planning staff within the 30-day review period, a staff recommendation is prepared and a public hearing before the Zoning Administrator is scheduled for the next regularly scheduled meeting, while ensuring public noticing requirements are met. If a Negative Declaration or Environmental Impact Report is required as part of the staff recommendation, processing time may be as long as four to six months.
  3. At the public hearing, the Zoning Administrator will decide on the project, which may entail approval, conditional approval, or denial. Before the Zoning Administrator decides on the project at the public hearing, the project applicant (and/or representative of the project applicant) and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the project.

Decisions of the Zoning Administrator are appealable to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s decision must be filed within 10 days from the date of the decision to be considered by the Board of Supervisors. 

Zoning Administrator Meeting - November 8, 2023

PUBLIC HEARING – Tentative Parcel Map (TPM 2-22/23-01) proposed to subdivide 281.02 acres zoned Agricultural Preserve (“AP”) into two parcels of 116.03 and 164.99 acres for single-family residential use located at 1950 Dotta Guidici Road, Vinton, unincorporated Plumas County, CA; APNs 010-060-083-000 & 010-060-084-000; T23N/R16E/Sec. 22, 27 MDM.
OWNER/APPLICANT – Rockridge (LTO), Inc. 
CEQA  The project is proposed to be exempt from the requirements of CEQA under Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) because after conducting the initial environmental assessment, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.

Zoning Administrator Meeting - October 11, 2023

DETERMINATION OF VESTED RIGHTS OF MINING OPERATION(S) AS PER PLUMAS COUNTY CODE SECTION 9-5.05 VESTED RIGHTS - ENGELS-SUPERIOR MINES: CALIFORNIA-ENGELS MINING CO. (owner) / US COPPER CORP (applicant); APN 007-080-004-000 (ENGELS MINE / 509.37 acres) AND APN 007-090-003-000 (SUPERIOR MINE / 226.61 acres). Request for determination of vested rights for the Engels and Superior mines located at 9130 Diamond Mountain Road, unincorporated Plumas County, pursuant to Plumas County Code, Title 9 Planning and Zoning, Chapter 5 Permit to Mine and Reclamation, Sec. 9-5.05 (Vested rights). CEQA does not apply to this determination.


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