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110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

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The Community Development Department is responsible for the planning and building divisions functions, and the functions of the Special Projects division. 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. The Special Projects division includes management and implementation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and serves as the lead agency in the development of plans summarizing needs and actions to revitalize the community and its neighborhoods. 

Office hours

The Community Development Department office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with counter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office is closed on Fridays.

Additionally, over-the-counter permits will be processed and ready the following day.


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Chuen Ng

Director of Community Development
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2240
City Fax: (805) 928-7565

110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458



  • Master of City and Regional Planning, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Occidental College, Los Angeles
  • Director of Community Development, City of Santa Maria
  • Planning Section Manager/Principal Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Associate Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Assistant Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Assistant Planner, City of Hanford
  • High School Science Teacher, Cleveland High School, Reseda


  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, Strong Towns Organization

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."

Mission Statement

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.                   

2020-21 Goals and Objectives                           

  1. Continue the multi-year process of a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan, including outreach, identify adequate land inventory, and chart potential annexations, to guide growth patterns. Work with the appropriate departments on General Plan elements beyond land use, including circulation, public safety, economic development, open space, infrastructure, and others. Ensure that recommended General Plan policies also promote long-term financial sustainability.
  2. Implement the Downtown Specific Plan, by working with property owners and developers to encourage construction of new housing, retail, and employment uses, as well as amenities that create gathering spaces and a vibrant downtown environment. Utilize both public and private investments to identify development, in particular, on City-owned parcels within Downtown.
  3. Plan for housing production, by working with State and regional agencies in accommodating the City’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, and recommend land use designations and policies that would result in the production of housing for all segments of the population.
  4. To promote economic development, provide continued facilitation and support for A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in its efforts to establish educational programs in the Coast Hills facility, and in its long-term efforts to construct a new campus in Santa Maria, in collaboration with other industry organizations.
  5. Facilitate the continued planning and development of the Area 9 Specific Plan and work with property owners to provide infrastructure to support future uses that would result in new employment opportunities.
  6. Continue to work with the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, and REACH to identify ways to improve the local economy, attract higher-paying jobs, and improve jobs-housing balance.
  7. Improve customer service efforts for small business owners by coordinating with other departments to streamline permit and business license processing, providing additional information for compliance with other regulations, and referring applicants to the Chamber of Commerce for continued assistance.
  8. Continue to seek and secure new grants and outside funding sources to address affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and youth needs in the community.
  9. Continue to work with the development community in implementing efficient processes for development review, and ensure effective communication with developers and applicants.
  10. Complete zoning code updates for compliance with State regulations, including ordinances regulating accessory dwelling units and cellular and communication towers.