Community Development


Update to COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order

The Santa Clara County Public Health Officers directive dated March 31, 2020 has extended the Shelter-In-Place order to May 3, 2020. To protect the health of the community and City employees, City Hall will remain closed through this designated period with limited operations. Some city services and public meetings will continue remotely. For more information on interim services or general inquiries, please visit us at:

Interim Public Counter Operations


Building & Fire 


Economic Development

Please check the City website for updates as information and dates are subject to change.


Mission Statement

To provide land use, building development, neighborhood protection, economic development, and environmental policy services.


The Community Development Department is responsible for the review of development and building activity to ensure compliance with zoning and building codes, the achievement of economic development goals, General Plan policies, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), housing policies, and community values. The department assists the community in establishing land use and neighborhood plans and ensures the quality of new projects through the design and development review process. The Department staffs the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC), the Council Neighborhoods Committee, the Downtown Committee, the Development Review Committee, the Administrative Zoning hearing, the Rental Housing Committee, and the Visual Arts Committee in addition to establishing and maintaining communications with citizens, developers, businesses, other governmental agencies, and City departments. The Department also provides technical and policy support to the City Manager and other departments.

News & Announcements

Public Review and Comment Period April 7-April 12, 2020Public Review and Comment Period April 7-April 12, 2020

Review Period: April 7, 2020-April 12, 2020

Proposed Amendment: Reallocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the City’s Emergency Rent Relief Program in response to the immediate Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) crisis.

Read the Public Notice for more Information.

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Planning Division Current Project ListPlanning Division Current Project List

This is a list of private development and long range projects that the Planning Division is currently working on citywide. Click more for information.


September 24 Council Meeting Actions

On Sep. 24, 2019, Council set direction on Safe Parking, Emergency Shelters and Oversized Vehicle Restrictions. Click for more info.