Department Role

The City’s Planning Department plays a key role by helping shape Jurupa Valley’s future. It develops policies which guide how, when and where the City grows and reviews new development through zoning, land use and environmental goals and policies. Planning administers programs to help achieve community goals and advises City decision-makers on land use, housing, design, and other important community issues.

Planning Director

Under the direction of the Planning Director, who is appointed by and is responsible to the City Manager, the Planning Department assists Jurupa Valley citizens, developers, property owners and visitors with their planning questions and development proposals. Our mission is to serve all persons in a positive and courteous manner and help ensure that Jurupa Valley continues to be a healthy, safe, attractive, and enjoyable place to live, work, play, or visit.

Planning Defined

Planning helps ensure the orderly and safe development of communities and neighborhoods. It does this by applying land use goals and policies, zoning, and other development standards that help shape new and existing development. Planning staff works with City Building and Engineering staff to review development proposals for compliance with adopted standards and encourages citizens, business and property owners, neighborhood groups, civic groups, and other community stakeholders to participate in the planning process, attend public land use hearings and help identify community goals and values.


The Planning Department also prepares and oversees reports that study the environmental effects of development projects and identify ways of avoiding environmental damage, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Land & Design

The City has adopted laws that regulate the use of land and the design of most commercial and housing projects. The purpose of these laws is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Jurupa Valley residents and visitors. Laws, such as the Zoning Regulations, architectural review requirements, and Subdivision Regulations, require that people submit applications for project approval to the Community Development Department.

The review evaluates the proposals for consistency with the City's General Plan and all other applicable plans and regulations.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve Jurupa Valley citizens in a positive and courteous manner and to help ensure that Jurupa Valley continues to be a healthy, safe, attractive, friendly and enjoyable place to live, work or visit. We help plan the City’s form, growth, and character and work with citizens to protect health and safety, protect and enhance the community’s environment and quality of life, and promote economic health.

Maps & City Documents

The City of Jurupa Valley is building its library of online documents and will add to this site as documents are revised and new public documents become available. These documents are available for purchase at City Hall, or may be downloaded from the City website.

  1. Thomas G Merrell, AICP

    Planning Director
    Phone: (951) 332-6464

  2. Planning Department

    Physical Address
    8930 Limonite Avenue
    Jurupa Valley, CA 92509


    Phone: (951) 332-6464