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Community Development Department Director: Donald Rust

Community Development Department
1735 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-2401
Fax: (530) 538-2426
Planning Division email: planning@cityoforoville.org
Engineering Division email: engineering@cityoforoville.org
Building Division email: building@cityoforoville.org

 

Director of Community Development Department

The Director of the Community Development Department (CDD) manages and directs the functions, activities and programs of the CDD which include: planning, building, code enforcement, and economic development. The Director also provides staff support to numerous Council-appointed Commissions and Committees; ensures compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations; coordinates planning, building, code enforcement, and economic development activities with other divisions, departments and agencies; provides highly complex staff assistance to the City Administrator, City Council, Planning Commission and other bodies in planning, building, code enforcement, and economic development matters; and performs related duties as required.

Department Structure

The Community Development Department is comprised of four divisions Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and Economic Development. A Counter Technician helps to streamline the issuance of Planning, Building and Engineering permits.

Overview of Director Responsibilities

  1. Reports to the City Administrator.
  2. Provides management and leadership to the department.
  3. Acts as a liaison between all divisions to streamline resolution of issues.
  4. Acts in many instances as the initial point of contact with the general public.
  5. Acts as the Zoning Administrator.
  6. Provides information to the general public, other City departments, the Planning Commission and the City Council.
  7. Maintains planning records, including land-use information, zoning maps, General Plan diagrams, zoning and subdivision ordinances, speculative and active land development activities.
  8. Administers and implements zoning and subdivision ordinances, and General Plan policies as they relate to new development.
  9. Coordinates pre-application meetings.
  10. Processes applications for land-use permits in compliance with applicable laws and CEQA requirements.
  11. Oversees the interdepartmental review process for new development activities.
  12. Oversees the annexation process.
  13. Oversees State-mandated planning documents such as the Housing Element of the General Plan, and Municipal Services Review.
  14. Conducts long-range planning activities, including updates of the zoning and subdivision ordinances, General Plan goals and policies, and development standards.
  15. Serves as primary staff to the Planning Commission, Development Review Board, and Historical Advisory Committee, and serves as support staff to the City Council.
  16. Acts as liaison to outside agencies, such as the Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG, the Butte County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), and the Butte County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)