Community Development

Planning and Community Services Department Offices Closed
to the Public and Continuing Customer Services

Until further notice, the Planning and Community Services Department offices will be closed to the public to reduce the health risks for our customers and employees.

As our Department has services that are considered essential under State and Local Directives and we want to continue services to our community as much as possible, staff is working in the office and remotely answering phones, checking email and processing plans and applications. Services are not ceasing with the office closure in place.

To continue to serve customers and the public, there is a pick up and drop off area set up in the 1st Floor Conference Room of the Miller Building where customers for Building, Planning and Code Enforcement may drop off materials and pick up completed plans and applications during regular business hours. A similar self-serve station is also set up for the Community Development Division on the 6th floor outside its offices.

However, we want to provide as much service as possible electronically, so please check with our Divisions for how electronic delivery and processing of some services is being provided.

If you have any questions, please call the Planning and Community Services Department at 247-8676 or contact the Community Development Division directly at 247-8675.

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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