About the Community Development Department
The purpose of the Community Development Department is serve the County's citizens and businesses with the highest level of development services to ensure the public’s safety while providing for orderly growth and development. The Community Development Department carries out the County's planning, building, environmental health, and water resources functions in a common sense approach while supporting economic development and preserving the County's agricultural heritage and its quality of life.
Significant Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2022-23:
- Filled the vacant Principal Planner position with a seasoned planner.
- Trained our Code Compliance Officer to perform a number of routine building inspections. The success of this effort was critical during the building inspector’s vacancy that helped maintain building division customer service levels.
- Reassigned planning responsibilities to account for the vacancy at the Associate Planner level.
- Implemented a cross training program to train the Code Compliance Officer to process basic planning application to provide additional planning support due to the Associate Planner vacancy and the Assistant Planner's extended leave of absence.
- Filled the building inspector vacancy with a seasoned inspector.
Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2023-2024:
- Continue to train the Code Compliance Officer to perform more complex planning applications to provide additional support for planning applications during the Assistance Planner's extended leave of absence.
- Implement consultant support to move the Karen's House CDBG project forward during the Assistant Planner's extended leave of absence.
- Resolve how best to address the critical functional limitations of the Department's existing on-line permitting system, which may include system replacement.
- Coordinate progress on the implementation of the California Fire Safe Council's Community Coordinator grant.
- Continue to support the implementation of the Broadband, CEDS, and the CERF grants.
Summary of Major Budget Changes:
- Obtained a $175,000 California Fire Safe Council grant to implement a County Coordinator fire safe program.
- Obtained a $40,000 automated roof top solar permit grant.
- Eliminated the previously approved LEAP and REAP grants due to grant complexities and limited investment returns.
- Determined to continue not filling the Associate Planner's vacant position to help address County budget issues.