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Community & Economic Development
A strong thriving City where residents, visitors and businesses can live, work, and play.
Building a better City by providing exceptional customer service to residents, business owners, builders and developers
Our Guiding Principles
Be open to new and creative ideas
Value differences of opinion
Strive to improve processes
Learn from our mistakes
Build consensus by engaging with the community on planning & development issues
The Community Development Department is comprised of five divisions: Administration, Building and Safety, Land Development and Planning. Collectively the divisions work together to help build a strong vibrant community.
Administration. The Division provides key leadership and management oversight for the department. Additionally the Division also provides administrative support to Department’s management team. Primary functions include preparing and monitoring the budget, contract administration and personnel processing and policy development.
Building and Safety. This Division is responsible for protecting public health and safety through the effective implementation of model building, electrical and plumbing codes. Division staff members perform building plan check, permit issuance and building inspections to ensure compliance with all City and State codes and regulations. Additionally, the state energy and conservation requirements, disabled access requirements, unreinforced masonry building mitigation programs, and other City ordinances are enforced by this Division.
Land Development. This Division participates in the development process by establishing improvement requirements for new development, including site grading and drainage and related off-site improvements within the public right of way. The division checks subdivisions, parcel maps, and records of survey for conformance with the Subdivision Map Act. Land Development is also responsible for compliance with the federal Clean Water Act, through the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The division reviews Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP) for development projects to assure best management practices (BMP) for stormwater quality; inspects construction sites, municipal property, and commercial and industrial businesses to ensure pollutant control measures are in place and provides stormwater-related educational material to the public and development community.
Planning. This Division is responsible for leading and managing the long-term growth and development of the City. This is achieved through periodic updates of the City’s General Plan, special studies and the review of applications for development projects. Staff also provides support to the Planning Commission, Development/Environmental Review Committee, and Historical Preservation Commission. The Division manages the environmental review process for public and private projects, prepares and administers specific plans, conducts studies related to land use and development and works with other agencies and the public on land use related projects.