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Community & Economic Development

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Arden Guthrie Substantial Amendment to 2006 Section 108 Loan


Our Vision

A strong thriving City where residents, visitors and businesses can live, work, and play.

Our Mission

Building a better City by providing exceptional customer service to residents, business owners,     builders and developers

Our Guiding Principles
  • Be open to new and creative ideas
  • Value differences of opinion
  • Strive to improve processes
  • Learn from our mistakes
  • Build consensus by engaging with the community on planning & development issues

The Community Development Department is comprised of five divisions: Administration, Building and Safety, Land Development and Planning. Collectively the divisions work together to help build a strong vibrant community. 

  1. Administration. The Division provides key leadership and management oversight for the department. Additionally the Division also provides administrative support to Department’s management team. Primary functions include preparing and monitoring the budget, contract administration and personnel processing and policy development.
  2. Building and Safety. This Division is responsible for protecting public health and safety through the effective implementation of model building, electrical and plumbing codes. Division staff members perform building plan check, permit issuance and building inspections to ensure compliance with all City and State codes and regulations. Additionally, the state energy and conservation requirements, disabled access requirements, unreinforced masonry building mitigation programs, and other City ordinances are enforced by this Division.  
  3. Economic Development. Economic Development Division is responsible for providing professional services that focus on 1) Marketing to enhance the City image and showcase the City's assets and opportunities; 2) Business retention and attraction efforts to encourage job creation and increase general fund revenue; 3) Workforce development efforts to provide residents access to quality local jobs; 4) Building strategic partnerships with intergovernmental and community based agencies such as local educational institutions, medical service providers, businesses, state, local, county and regional entities and local joint power authorities to both leverage and attract funds and resources.
  4. Housing. The Housing Division is responsible for the management and implementation of the Community Planning and Development formula grants (Community Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grant, Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 and 3). Staff manages these funds which are intended to primarily benefit low income residents and improve the housing quality within the City.
  5. Land Development. This Division participates in the development process by establishing improvement requirements for new development, including site grading and drainage and related off-site improvements within the public right of way.  The division checks subdivisions, parcel maps, and records of survey for conformance with the Subdivision Map Act. Land Development is also responsible for compliance with the federal Clean Water Act, through the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The division reviews Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP) for development projects to assure best management practices (BMP) for stormwater quality; inspects construction sites, municipal property, and commercial and industrial businesses to ensure pollutant control measures are in place and provides stormwater-related educational material to the public and development community. 
  6. Planning. This Division is responsible for leading and managing the long-term growth and development of the City. This is achieved through periodic updates of the City’s General Plan, special studies and the review of applications for development projects.  Staff also provides support to the Planning Commission, Development/Environmental Review Committee, and Historical Preservation Commission. The Division manages the environmental review process for public and private projects, prepares and administers specific plans, conducts studies related to land use and development and works with other agencies and the public on land use related projects.

Contact Us

P: (909) 384-5357
F: (909) 384-5155
(909) 384-7272

Office Address
201 North E St
Third Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Mailing Address
290 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Counter Hours
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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