Community Development Department

The Community Development Department consists of the Office of the Director/Community Development and Housing, Land Planning Services Division, Neighborhood Improvement Services, and Building Inspection Services Division.

Each of these Divisions is involved in the development and implementation of plans which will guide the community in the years ahead. By having staff work together in the various aspects of development, the development process is made more effective and efficient.

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The Community Development Department is responsible for managing development in the best interests of the City by applying regulations and standards that make our City a better place in which to live, work, and play. It is through the efforts of these Divisions that the “quality of life” goals of the City take shape and are implemented. The quality of development, be it commercial, residential, or employment uses, determines in part the community’s image and satisfaction of its residents.

Within the Community Development Department, the Office of the Director is responsible for supervising and facilitating the efforts of the Department’s divisions.

The Land Planning Services Division is the central point for the review and processing of all development applications including zoning, use permits, variances, design review, Home Occupation Use Permits, and planned developments. This Division also assures compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and applicable General Plan/Specific Plan requirements. The Planning staff works directly with both the Planning Commission and City Council. This Division has a primary role in the long-range planning for the community, including updating the General Plan and the preparation of specific plans for future growth areas.

Engineering and Development Services a division of the Department of Public Works provides review and comment on tentative subdivision and minor subdivision maps; review of final subdivision maps, grading, improvement, landscape and utility plans and, through Public Works inspectors, inspect construction of subdivision improvements. Commercial and industrial developments are processed by this division. Engineering Services also provides flood plain information to the public.

Primary responsibility for the management of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. Solid Waste disposal, AB 939 Solid Waste Reduction Program and Transportation are also managed by The Community Development Department .

Capital Improvement Services is a division of the Department of Public Works provides the design, inspection and construction management for the City’s Capital Improvement contracts; develops the City’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Program and yearly Capital Improvement Budget; prepares applications for Federal and State Roadway and other public improvement grants.

Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS) is responsible for what is traditionally called “code enforcement.” Although the emphasis is upon encouraging acceptable property maintenance within the City through direct contact and abatements, this Section plays a key role in developing the “Quality Neighborhoods Program” with the assistance of Antioch Community Policing, Housing Division, Public Works, and other City Departments. The intent is to provide a combination of incentives and enforcement tools to proactively assist in revitalizing declining neighborhoods.

The Building Inspection Division inspects all structures constructed within the City which are not in the public right-of-way, utilizing the Building, Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes. This Division administers and collects development fees charged by the City and other Agencies, maintains the City’s street address system, inspects older structures in the City for health and safety hazards, and enforces State and Federal handicapped requirements, and State Energy Conservation requirements.