The Department of Community Development administers and implements state and local planning and zoning laws, the City's
and Specific Plans, the subdivision and sign ordinances, and assists in coordinating economic development activities. The Department reviews each site-specific development application, whether commercial, indus-trial or residential, to ensure that the uses meet the City's architectural, landscaping and development standards. Each project is reviewed to assess its compliance with the City's growth ordinance, as well as applicable state and federal environmental guide-lines. The Monthly Report
is a listing of the current and pending projects within the City. The Department is also involved with special events, regional planning, open space and redevelopment programs.
Overseen by Department Director Joe Vacca, the Department has responsibility for a wide variety of programs and duties. Among these are the oversight of
The Building and Safety Department
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Program, which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds are used to address the needs of families, senior citizens and the homeless, as well as economic development and housing programs. The use of CDBG funds is guided by the
Annual Action Plan
. The CDBG funds are annually distributed by the City Council based on community need.
The Department shares responsibility for enforcement of the City's Municipal Code with the Camarillo Police Department. A Code Compliance Manager and three officers focus primarily on nuisance, health and safety ordinances (e.g., graffiti, noise and abandoned vehicles), responding to citizen requests for service, and traveling throughout the City on a regular basis to ensure that established standards for residential, commercial, and industrial areas are maintained.
Planning staff provides information and guidance to the Planning Commission, which is comprised of five City Council appointees. It is the Commission's job to review and approve or make recommendations to the City Council on various applications, including requests for annexation, subdivision development, requests and amendments to Zoning Ordinances, and the General and Specific Plans.
Department staff also provides information
and guidance to the 25-member Citizen Advisory Committee on Land Use, which advises the City Council on Council-initiated land use matters,
including proposed amendments to the General
Plan, Specific Plans, and Design Guidelines.
The Camarillo City Council, acting as the Community Development Commission, implemented redevelopment projects and programs, such as revitalization efforts in Old Town. In 2011, the State of California eliminated redevelopment agencies throughout the state. The City continues to play a role as Successor Agency in completing pre-existing redevelopment activities and implementing procedures for future use of former redevelopment properties. The City will continue to encourage infill development, adaptive re-use, and private redevelopment consistent with the plans, goals, and objectives of the City.