Kelly Hart, Community Development Director
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The Community Development Department is responsible for administering the activities of the City's Planning, Building, Neighborhood Services and Housing Divisions, and acts as staff to the redevelopment Successor Agency and Oversight Board. The many faceted services include serving as liaison to the Planning Commission and support staff to the City Council. Staff provides data and options to decision makers relating to land use, housing, code enforcement, building and safety, and block grant activities. Community Development is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the public as it relates to uses, buildings, neighborhoods and all development within the City.
The Community Development Department is also responsible for administering the City's Air Quality Improvement Program, Housing and Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG), Economic Development, and Low and Moderate Income Housing.
PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Planning Division reviews and processes development and use proposals to determine compliance with the goals set forth in the City’s General Plan and development standards in the Zoning Ordinance. The Division also processes all entitlement applications; including General Plan Amendments, Tentative Maps, Zoning Code Amendments, Conditional Use Permits, Site Plan Reviews, Variances, Sign Applications, Home Occupation Permits, Time Extensions, Zone Changes, and Environmental Assessments. The Division is also responsible for implementing local, county, and regional projects that directly impact the community. The Planning Division has streamlined the review and permitting process in order to reduce approval time to expedite quality developments.
The Economic Development Division is a one-stop shop that helps businesses and developers by promoting incentives and assistance programs and offering technical assistance and support to start-ups, expansions, and relocations. The Division seeks to improve economic prosperity by ensuring that the economy grows in ways that strengthen Stanton’s industries, retain and create jobs, and stimulate economic investment.
Planning Division staff is responsible for conducting in-house plan checks and field inspections on new developments, building improvements and landscaped areas to ensure compliance with development standards and Conditions of Approval imposed with entitlements. In addition, the Division provides public counter and telephone assistance to the community, municipalities, and developers relating to planning, mapping, zoning and other information.
Economic Development staff is responsible for marketing the City as an attractive business location and providing information and assistance to companies looking to start, expand, and relocate to the City of Stanton. Staff is also responsible for organizing business luncheons and mixers throughout the year, scheduling real estate broker meetings, and fostering a business-friendly environment through outreach and business retention and attraction efforts.
The Building Division receives applications, reviews construction documents, issues permits for the erection and alteration of buildings and structures, performs inspections for such permits and enforces compliance with the provisions of the Stanton Municipal Code and the California Building Codes. The Division also compiles monthly permit data reports; maintains project coordination with internal divisions, as well as state and local agencies; reviews, amends and adopts required codes and policies.
The primary activity of the Parking Control Program is the enforcement of City Codes and Ordinances as they relate to parking. Enforcement activities involve enforcing parking laws both in the Municipal Code and the California Vehicle Code, conducting the review and hearing process for those who contest parking citations, collecting all parking fines, and preparing monthly reports of all activities. Parking Control also administers the permit-parking program and educates the public via handouts, personal contact and the City web site.
The primary activity of the Community Improvement Program is enforcement of City Codes and Ordinances in response to public requests, field observations and as directed by City officials. The enforcement activity involves field inspections; responding to public inquiries in person, by telephone or writing; documentation of facts; review and research of City files and archives; record keeping; issuance of citations; and preparation of written communication to City Council, City Attorney and other City officials. The Community Improvement Program is responsible for enforcement of the City's Zoning Ordinance, Business License inspections, Home Occupation inspections and various other codes or sections thereof.
Another area of involvement for the Community Improvement Program is condition compliance monitoring and verification of specific conditions imposed on projects by the City; such as conditional use permits, variances and signage.