The role of the Community Development Department is to assist the community in the creation and implementation of its vision for the future development of the City. This vision is documented in the City’s General Plan, which serves as the “Constitution for Development” for the City. The Department is made of up of two divisions, which have separate but related permitting processes. Planning Division staff provides technical assistance to the City Council and Commissions in the creation and implementation of city regulations, financial and administrative procedures, including review of the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and other land-use related laws. The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing development activities on private as well as public land, facilitating economic development and redevelopment, affordable housing, and assistance with planning the design of City-owned facilities. Much of the Building Division’s day-to-day work focuses on reviewing compliance with the Building Code to ensure that buildings are built and remodeled to meet life and safety requirements. The Building Division also works with the Police and Fire Departments to enforce standards to protect the public welfare and to improve property values through the enforcement of nuisance abatement and other municipal codes.
Planning and Building Division staff work together to help permit applicants identify land use development design or use options that implement the laws the community has created for itself. The Department’s goal is to continually improve our efficiency and effectiveness in our charter to help each resident, property and business owner through the permitting and design process. We want to help make the applicant’s construction and/or development idea a reality and encourage your input on how we can improve our service to you balanced with the interests of the community as a whole.