Community Development

Planning & Community Services Department Customers,

The Planning and Community Services Department is going to reopen its Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement offices to the public on Wednesday, June 10 under the Governor's Phase II reopening plan. To view the Reopening Plan details, click here.

This means the Planning and Community Services Department will continue to provide services to you via phone, email, and online but will again be available for walk-in customer service from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday beginning on Wednesday, June 10. 

The Community Development Division offices on the 6th Floor will remain closed to the public and continue to serve customers by appointment. We will also continue to maintain a self-serve station for application Drop Off and Pick Up in the 6th floor lobby of the Miller Building.

If you do visit our offices, you will find:

  • Customers and staff are following social distancing requirements
  • Maximum customer capacity limits
  • Customer service areas have counter shields
  • Some services are available as appointment only - call 247-8675 for more information
  • Staff will wear masks while meeting with customers in common areas
  • Most meetings will be scheduled using phone or video conferences to manage contact

These efforts are all designed to ensure we can minimize risks to our customers and employees in the months ahead as the risk of COVID-19 remains in our community. 

We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience as we strive to limit the health risks to you and our employees. If you have questions, need clarification on your permit or application, or just need information on our operations, please call us at 247-8675. We are here to help. 

Thank you. 

Overview

The Community Development Division joins local partners with resources to increase access to housing, support capacity-building for local non-profit organizations, to create a sustainable community, and to promote neighborhood revitalization.The Division is primarily responsible for managing federal grant programs, including:

  • CDBG: Community Development Block Grant
  • HOME: HOME Investment Partnerships Program
  • VISTA: AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America
Activities assisted with Community Development programs must benefit lower income households and neighborhoods.City staff facilitates an annual allocation process to develop housing and neighborhood projects.

Guidelines for organizations to participate in the VISTA program are available through a Host Site proposal process held throughout the year.

Best Practices


The Division specializes in several best practice initiatives to support federal grant programs, including:

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