Development Services

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Development Services staff developed a temporary electronic submittal process due to the closure of City Hall. With City Hall re-opening to the public, submittals will no longer be accepted through the temporary electronic process and should be submitted at the front counter.  An electronic copy, in addition to the hard copy submittal, will be requested by staff to help facilitate the review process for all engineering and planning projects and permits. An electronic copy of building permit submittals may be requested by staff depending upon the type of permit. Staff is currently working with our IT division on a new program to allow electronic submittals in the near future.

Department of Development Services

The Department of Development Services is divided into 9 sections:

The department administers and implements the City's planning, land use, building, and engineering functions. Other activities include providing customer service for all permit activities at one location, developing land use ordinances and various specific plans, and reviewing development plans. This ensures that a sound and workable development program is designed and maintained for the City.

Capital Improvement, Development & General Plan

Department staff complete inspections of all capital improvement and development projects. Staff also manages land subdivision, traffic safety, and design and transportation activities. In conjunction with the City Council, the department is responsible for the implementation of the City's General Plan. Department staff provides assistance to other departments with regard to planning and designing public facilities and performing environmental review for proposed projects, including Capital Improvement Projects.

The department manages engineering conceptual designs, monitors and reviews environmental documents, administers building safety programs, maintains demographic information, researches and analyzes policy alternatives, and serves as a liaison between members of the public and other departments involved in processing development applications.

Storm Water Management

The department is part of the Storm Water Management Administration and is actively educating the business community on the prevention of discharge of pollutants into the storm drain system. The City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program works with residents and businesses to help them learn the Best Management Practices (BMPs) to follow, so pollution does not go from their business via the storm drains into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and the ocean.