The Community Development Department is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations on regional issues such as traffic, housing, air quality, open space preservation and land use planning which require regional solutions to protect and promote the quality of life in the region.
The department coordinates with regional planning agencies and surrounding jurisdictions on regional planning issues. Regional issues include, but are not limited to: traffic and circulation, air pollution, water, open space, wildlife habitat, housing, and flood control. Other responsibilities of this division are to provide environmental review of projects to ensure they are evaluated so as to be in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act and review and analyze regional development projects to ensure compliance with the City's General Plan, Municipal Code and other development standards and criteria.
The City's Regional Planning functions involve the development of long and short term plans for the community and the region. The department works at forecasting the future needs of the population. Decisions are made through involvement in environmental issues including pollution control, wetland preservation, forest conservation, and the location of new landfills.
Regional Planning also involves providing data on the types of industries in the community, the characteristics of the population, and employment and economic trends, to optimize land use for buildings and other public facilities. Regional Planning also deals with land-use issues created by population movements and forecasted future trends in employment, housing, transportation, and population. The department maps land areas, to overlay maps with geographic variables such as population density, and to combine or manipulate geographic information to produce alternative plans for land use or development.
The City works with the following agencies on regional planning issues: