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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.

Notice

Notice for the Owners and Operators of Employee Housing in Santa Maria, CA

The purpose of this letter is to notify you that the City of Santa Maria’s Employee Housing Ordinance No. 2019-04 (“Ordinance”) has been repealed pursuant to a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended
(The Fair Housing Act).

Owners and Operators of Employee Housing are no longer required to submit a Ministerial Permit or Conditional Use Permit in order to operate Employee Housing within any zoning designation within the City of Santa Maria.

Owners and Operators of Employee Housing are reminded that they must comply with fair housing laws.

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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

E-mail: cng@cityofsantamaria.org


EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: 

  • 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.                   

2021-22 Goals and Objectives                           

  1. Advance 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. Complete Phase 3 (plan alternatives) and begin Phase 4 (policy and plan development) and 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. 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. Complete utility capacity and traffic impact analysis studies for proposed Downtown developments.
  3. Plan for housing production, by working with State and regional agencies in accommodating the City’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, and bring forth recommendations to the City Council 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 current and long-term goals including plans 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. 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.
  7. Secure at least two new grants and outside funding sources to address affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and youth needs.
  8. Work with developers and applicants on identifying land use and development requests that could be processed administratively without a public hearing, to reduce planning entitlement process times, and complete the associated zoning code amendments.
  9. Complete zoning code updates for compliance with State regulations, including ordinances regulating cellular and communication towers.
  10. Coordinate with CalTrans on a redesign for Broadway, between Main and Cook Streets in downtown, adjacent to Town Center East and Town Center West, to improve pedestrian amenities and to enhance the streetscape, consistent with the Downtown Streetscape Plan.