City of Santa Maria, California, Community Development
110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
The Community Development Department is responsible for the planning and building divisions functions. Staff reviews all residential, commercial and industrial projects in the City. The Planning Division writes and updates the City's General Plan and Specific Plans including the Downtown Specific Plan. Staff reviews all projects for zoning compliance, processes land division applications, and processes all environmental assessments and reports. The Building Division regulates building and associated construction activities to protect public health, safety and welfare pursuant to uniform construction codes governing land use and code enforcement. The staff's activities include building plan review and inspection during construction.
Reduced Office hours
Due to a reduction in staffing, as approved by the City Council on June 21, 2011, the Community Development Department’s counter hours are 9:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m. You may reach us by phone during business hours (8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m.).
Additionally, over-the-counter permits will be processed and ready the following day.
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x240
City Fax: (805) 928-7565 E-mail
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
B.A. Environmental Studies (U.C. Santa Barbara)
A.S. Biology (Santa Barbara City College)
Certificate of Post-Graduate Education, Supervisory Skills (U.C. Extension)
Director, Community Development Department, City of Santa Maria
Acting Director, Development Services, El Dorado County
Deputy Director, Development Services - Planning, El Dorado County
Senior Planner, Planning and Development, County of Santa Barbara
Environmental Specialist, Senior Environmental Planner, and Supervising District Planner, County of Santa Barbara
Environmental Specialist, Interface Planning, Santa Barbara
Member, Allan Hancock College Concert Band
Member, Grace Baptist Church
Rancho Verde HOA, past Recording Secretary
El Camino Jr. High School, PTC past member
Marital status: Married 33 years
General interests: Scuba, long-distance bicycling, music, and photography
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Community Development Department Director is responsible for Current and Advance Planning, maintenance of the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Secretary to the Planning Commission. The Community Development Director is responsible for the Building Division which processes and checks all plans for compliance with the building codes, processes all building permits and inspects all buildings. The Community Development Director is also the "Environmental Officer," "Noise Control Officer," "Secretary to the Planning Commission," and "Zoning Administrator."
To plan for the orderly growth of the City, consistent with the goals and objectives of the community's General Plan, to process projects quickly and efficiently consistent with the public's interest and safety in mind, and to provide departmental services in a courteous and responsible manner.
Continue to revise and update the Downtown Specific Plan to meet the interests and values of the community.
Further enhance the “Citywide Development Activity Map” on the department’s webpage through collaboration with Information Technology staff.
Prepare for consideration, revisions to the Municipal Code or new ordinances as needed to address concerns of the community including an ordinance for Emergency Shelters and Small Wind Energy Systems.
Build an Assessor “Parent-Child” Parcel database, linking projects to sites mapped in ARC GIS.
Prepare the first phase of the Entrada Specific Plan update which covers the Broadway and Main Street corridors
Continue to operate the mobile home maintenance inspection program and distribute the recently revised staff-developed mobile home reference booklet to all mobile home parks within the City.
Coordinate with Fire Department to streamline the plan check review process which will ensure the City process is as efficient as possible
Provide training for all Building Inspectors to successfully pass the CASp (accessibility certification) exam so that the City is in full compliance with State regulations.
Continue to update Building forms and exhibits to reflect the most recent Code amendments
Review Building procedures in order to further streamline the plan check review process