The City of Mt. Shasta’s Planning Department is administered by the City Planner and the Planning Commission. The Planning Department has primary responsibility for zoning and land use permits as well as long-range planning and local administration of State environmental review laws. Environmental review responsibilities are principally defined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires preparation of environmental impact determinations, environmental impact reports, and coordination with other local, State, and Federal agencies.
Short-Term Rentals Moratorium
A moratorium on new short-term rentals is currently in effect. The moratorium does not impact hotels, motels, or bed and breakfast inns, or existing permitted short term rentals that remain under the same ownership.
The moratorium went into effect on February 14, 2022, approved as a 45-day moratorium by City Council. A public hearing for an extension of the urgency ordinance was approved at a City Council meeting in March 2022. The extension was approved for additional ten months and 15 days, and is set to expire on February 15, 2023.
Measures taken to alleviate the condition which led to the adoption of the ordinance:
Prior to and during the 45-day moratorium, city staff has been working diligently with Granicus to get the short-term rental tracking and permitting system online. The system is expected to facilitate data collection that can be used to inform the process of drafting a new short-term rental ordinance. The new ordinance is expected to guide the future approvals of short-term rentals so that health and safety concerns can be mitigated, and the provision of long-term housing can be balanced with the allowance of short-term rentals.
Current Planning Projects
Public comment related to the current planning projects is encouraged. There are three main ways to comment on projects: 1. email with the project title in the subject line of the email; 2. submit a hard copy to City Hall 305 N Mt. Shasta Blvd. Mt. Shasta, CA 96067; 3. Attend Planning Commission and City Council meetings to give public comment during the meeting. Meeting dates on the project summaries are tentative. Check the City’s Agendas and Minutes page for the meeting schedule.
Planning Department Activities
Walk Bike Ride Mt. Shasta
The City of Mt. Shasta is preparing a mobility plan called Walk Bike Ride Mt. Shasta. Through this effort, the City is developing strategies and transportation improvements to foster a vibrant, sustainable community with accessible connections between businesses, neighborhoods, schools, and our surrounding natural environment.
Join us for the Virtual Open House
We launched a Virtual Open House that is live March 2- March 31, 2022. The Virtual Open House includes opportunities to review the recommendations and help prioritize what moves forward in the plan. The Virtual Open House is still accessible into the beginning of April.
You can participate in the Virtual Open House or get up to speed on the existing conditions report and a summary of what we heard from the community engagement here: walkbikeridemtshasta.com
City of Mt. Shasta Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)
The City of Mt. Shasta participates in the Siskiyou County Multi-Jurisdiction Plan. The current LHMP was adopted in 2020 by the City of Mt. Shasta City Council. The Plan is available in two downloads below:
2007 General Plan
The City of Mt. Shasta approved the current General Plan in 2007. The 2007 General Plan focused on meeting state mandates and addressing the City vision found in the General Plan Issues and Administration Chapter.
Teresa R Spade, AICP, City Planner
Phone: (530) 926-7517
305 N. Mt. Shasta Boulevard
Mt. Shasta, California 96067