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

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News Release (May 22, 2020)

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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.                   

2019-20 Goals and Objectives 

  1. Continue the multi-year process of a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan, including resident and stakeholder outreach, and begin to identify adequate land inventory for residential growth and economic development, and chart potential new areas for annexations, to proactively guide growth patterns within the City’s vision. Work with the appropriate departments on General Plan elements beyond land use, including circulation, public safety, open space, infrastructure, and others.
  2. Continue research into a potential Broadway Corridor planning effort, due to the changing retail landscape and shifts in consumer purchasing behaviors, and conduct an analysis of existing zoning districts to ensure that land use designations meet economic realities and demands. This effort would also consider street design and potential enhancements to increase vibrancy for the corridor.
  3. Continue to develop an annexation strategy to provide land for economic development, housing, medical facilities, and educational development.
  4. Continue to work with the development community in implementing efficient processes for development review, and ensure effective communication with developers and applicants.
  5. In follow-up to the City’s adoption of an employee-housing ordinance in residential zones, research, draft and adopt additional regulations and policies in non-residential zones to facilitate the creation of additional employee housing units, including H-2A housing.
  6. Continue to utilize the Department’s involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission to identify ways to improve the local economy and attract higher paying jobs.
  7. Show customer service commitment by contacting the applicants on 100 percent of permit applications within five working days of receipt.
  8. Implement the update to the City’s TRAKiT permitting software to improve efficiency in permit processing, plan review and inspection procedures, including the use of tablets for building code publications and electronic media.
  9. Implement the use of digital technology for Planning Commission public hearings to improve efficiency, including the distribution of digital plans and reports, and the use of tablets for review and reading.
  10. Continue to seek and secure new grants and outside funding sources to address public safety, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and youth needs in the community.