110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
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.
The Community Development Department office is staffed weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with counter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.
Additionally, over-the-counter permits will be processed and ready the following day.
Community Development Links:
- Planning Division
- Reimaging Downtown (downtown revitalization efforts)
- Building Division
- Community Development Organizational Chart
- City Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Poster
Chuen Ng (pronounced Chun Ing)
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
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
- Member, American Planning Association
- Member, Strong Towns Organization
- Married with two children
- Member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Traveling, road trips and baseball games with family
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.
- Begin the phased process of a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan, by hiring a consultant, 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.
- In collaboration with the Department of Public Works, CalTrans, stakeholders, community residents, and the hired consultant, draft a Downtown Multimodal Streetscapes Plan with public outreach completed by January 2018 and draft design concepts by May 2018.
- Ensure that the development of Enos Ranch remains the Department’s highest priority project for review and approval of discretionary and ministerial permits, because upon completion, property and sales tax revenues for the City will be enhanced.
- Utilize a $20,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to assist with the public outreach and design efforts for the Downtown Streetscape Plan.
- Continue to work with the development community in implementing efficient processes for development review, including the formation of a development review committee for the purpose of effective communication with developers and applicants.
- Collaborately research regulations about H-2A housing with the City Attorney’s Office to determine appropriate guidelines for such housing within the City.
- Utilize the Department’s involvement with the Chamber and Economic Development Commission to identify ways to improve the local economy and attract higher paying jobs.
- 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.
- Seek and secure new grants and outside funding sources to address downtown revitalization, public safety, neighborhood revitalization and youth development needs in the community.
- In conjunction with Public Works and Recreation and Parks, identify City projects that could be assisted with CDBG capital funding.