Development Services

If you are looking to create jobs, talk with us. We process Building Permits including Plan Review, Inspections and coordination with other agencies to issue Permits. We process Development Applications including environmental review, provide zoning information and support long-range planning through the County’s General Plan. Code Enforcement responds to Building, Land Use, Abandoned Vehicles, Noise, Nuisance Abatement and the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Ordinance complaints.

Notable Projects

Draft Special Event Facilities Ordinance - An ordinance amending the Butte County Zoning Ordinance to establish a permit process, standards and requirements for special event facilities in unincorporated portions of Butte County.  A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the Draft Special Events Facilities Ordinance.  The 45-day public review period for the DSEIR will begin on Monday, October 27, 2014 and continue through Thursday, December 11, 2014.  A public hearing will be held on on the DSEIR by the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Butte County Administrative Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965.  If you have any questions, contact Dan Breedon via email or phone at 530.538.7629.

Amendments to the General Plan Agriculture Element, Zoning Ordinance and Protection of Agricultural LandThe Department of Development Services has initiated proposed amendments to the Agriculture Element of the Butte County General Plan, the Butte County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 24 of Butte County Code)  and the Butte County "Right to Farm Ordinance" (Chapter 35 of Butte County Code  - Protection of Agricultural Land).  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the draft amendments and forward a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on September 20, 2014.  If you have any questions, contact Dan Breedon via email or phone at 530.538.7629.

Draft Ordinance to Prohibit Fracking - On April 8, 2014, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved a motion of intent to ban well stimulation treatment, known as "fracking."  The Board directed that a draft ordinance be prepared and that ordinance is now available for public review and comment.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the draft ordinance and forward a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on September 23, 2014.  If you have any questions, contact Stacey Jolliffe via email or phone at 530.538.6573.

Durham Villas Planned Development - applications for a Rezone to Planned Development and a Tentative Subdivision Map were submitted to to the Butte County Department of Development Services on January 7, 2010.  A Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (NOP) was available for public review and comment until May 23, 2014.  The Draft Environmental Impact Report is expected to be released for public review and comment in Fall, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Thistlethwaite via email or phone at 530.538.6572.

Whisper Ridge Golf Course -  was approved by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on April 23, 2013. This approval includes a Rezone to Recreation Commercial Overlay, with a Conditional Zoning Agreement; a Conditional Use Permit for the golf course, hotel and wellness center; and two Lot Line Adjustment applications. Prior to its decision on the project, the Board of Supervisors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. The applicant intends to begin grading activities in the spring of 2015.

Rio D'Oro - The proposed Specific Plan is 689 acres with 276 acres to remain in open space.  Proposed land uses include residential, commercial, public facility, park and open space.  Up to 2,700 residential units are proposed ranging from low density single-family to high density multi-family.  The project is located south of Oroville, west of Palermo with Palermo Road to the south and Ophir Road to the north, bisected by State Route 70 bounded on the west by Pacific Heights Road. If you have any questions, please contact Pete Calarco via email or via phone at 530.538.2167.

Oroville Area Urban Greening Grant - In collaboration with the City of Oroville (City) and the Feather River Recreation and Park District (FRRPD), and in coordination with other local agencies, Butte County (County) will complete a Master Greening Plan to serve as the master document guiding and coordinating greening projects in the Oroville urban area. The Plan will cross City, County and FRRPD jurisdictional boundaries, and will be consistent with the state’s strategic growth goals of increasing forest canopy, reducing stormwater runoff, improving air and water quality, conserving energy, providing open space, and achieving long-term community sustainability.

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Development Services

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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