Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for overseeing implementation of community adopted plans (e.g. Master Plan, Zoning Map); ensuring quality development through the regulation of City codes (e.g. Zoning Ordinance, International Building Codes); and promoting reinvestment through the administration of the Redevelopment Plan for the City.

The Department's primary areas of responsibilities are

  • Building permits and inspections
  • Planning and zoning regulation
  • Code Enforcement
  • Economic Development
  • Historic Preservation

The department reviews all building plans for compliance with applicable International Building Codes and locally adopted codes to ensure safe and proper construction. Working with contractors, businesses and residents, staff inspect all permitted buildings to ensure compliance with the approved plans and issue certificate of occupancy to certify compliance at completion of a project. 

The department is responsible for the day-to-day general city planning functions for the City. This includes review of building permits for zoning compliance and processing applications for Planning Commission review (e.g. Variance Requests, Master Plan Amendments). Staff manage the City's Growth Control Ordinance by reviewing all requests for construction to ensure statutory limits are not exceeded. 

The Department promotes economic development through the administration of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) grants and working to attract and retain local businesses that provide jobs and strengthen the local tax base.

Department Goals:

  • Timely review and processing of building permits and applications
  • Continue to improve customer service
  • Be a resource to the City Council, Commissions, other City departments and the public so they may make informed decisions.