Community Development

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The Community Development Department includes the divisions of Building & Safety, Community Engagement, Neighborhood Planning & Projects, and Planning. The department is responsible for planning and implementing the growth and physical development of the City in an efficient and comprehensive manner to ensure the successful enhancement of the community with safe and high quality development projects. Our goal is to streamline the development approval and permitting processes through an objective, consistent, and reliable system so that your project is successful and contributes to the overall quality of the community. Additionally, the department is responsible for providing community oriented programs and services that are aimed at: strengthening and revitalizing neighborhoods, providing affordable and safe housing opportunities, and forming partnerships that maximize social and economic opportunities within the community.

The services provided by each division are further identified below:

Building & Safety: This division is responsible for reviewing construction plans, issuing building permits, and performing field inspections to ensure that all development projects meet all applicable State and local building codes and safety standards. This includes all new construction projects as well as maintenance and repair projects or rehabilitation projects.

Community Engagement: This division offers a wide variety of programs and services that serve to enhance the quality of life by strengthening community image, and promoting neighborhood safety and security. This division is tasked with the following efforts, which are all designed to help promote and enhance the development of connected neighborhoods that work together to make our community attractive, fun, and safe: Neighborhood Engagement, Volunteering, Beautification Projects, and Neighborhood Groups. 

Neighborhood Planning & Projects: This division is responsible for administering community oriented programs and projects that are aimed at providing safe and decent housing while striving to maintain Rancho Cordova as a desirable community in which to live and work. This division is also responsible for oversight of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is used to fund a variety of programs and services that improve the appearance and quality of the community.

Planning: This division is responsible for preparing and implementing a comprehensive set of policies and development plans to ensure that future growth is well planned, attractive, sustainable, and responds to the needs of the community. To accomplish these tasks, the division implements the goals, policies, and objectives of the City’s General Plan, which is the 20-30 year vision for the build-out of the community. Additionally, the division relies on the development and design standards of the City’s Zoning Code, which defines allowable uses and specific details for the multiple types of land uses within the City that all new development and remodel projects must comply with.

**Community Development Department Front Counter Closure**

The Community Development Department which includes the Building and Safety and Planning Divisions will be closing the front permit counter on December 9th between 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The permit counter and filed inspections will resume at 1:30 PM. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.