The Land Development Engineering (LDE) group ensures that City infrastructure is installed or updated when there is a new project or renovation of an existing property. Items to be addressed by the owner or developer are known as conditions of approval. LDE then reviews the accuracy and completeness of private development plans, specifications, plats (drawn to scale maps), maps, property descriptions and engineering calculations submitted for City approval for these projects.
The LDE reviews any work within the City streets or sidewalks (right-of-way) and then issues excavation (often called encroachment) permits for this work.
LDE can help with questions about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. The City of Mountain View currently participates in CRS. Due to the City's participation, residents save 10% off their flood insurance rates. Flood insurance premium rates quoted to from independent brokers already reflect the 10% discount.
As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS: