The Development Services Department is primarily responsible for all Planning Services, Economic Development, Housing, Code Enforcement, Building and Safety, Engineering, and Public Works.
The Department’s mission is to protect and enhance the community’s quality of life by ensuring implementation of the City Council’s adopted goals, policies and strategies for sustainable economic development and enhancement.
The Building & Safety Division is an essential component of the planning process to ensure safe, accessible, and sustainable structures in the City of Yucaipa. Prior to the issuance of building permits, the Building & Safety Division performs plan check and inspection services to advance public safety in the built environment and to ensure compliance with all California Building Codes. The responsibilities of the Division also include providing the general public with basic construction information, calculating fees, and issuing building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and demolition permits.
City codes and ordinances have been created to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for residents of Yucaipa. The Code Enforcement Division provides education of applicable codes, works with residents and business owners to achieve code compliance, and seeks to correct violations of the Municipal Code as it applies to the public’s health, safety and general welfare. City Code Enforcement Officers investigate reports of most code violations and ensure that the required standards are met.
The Engineering Department is responsible for all aspects of the City’s engineering, design, and construction operations and provides a wide range of services for nearly any aspect of private land development activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the construction of all improvements occurring in public rights-of-way or easements and develops and administers the Capital Improvement Program and the Annual Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance Projects. Staff reviews and provides input for all private development projects and checks all maps and improvement plans for conformance with the Development Code and applicable regulations. Staff also issues all encroachment permits and inspects all construction within the public rights-of-way.
Planning staff assist the City Council, Planning Commission, other staff members and the general public with all aspects of land use entitlements. Major programs include the General Plan, Development Code, Development Impact Fees, contract administration, records maintenance and inter-governmental coordination.
The Planning Division staff consists of City employees that are committed to providing the highest degree of professionalism in the performance of their duties. Most planning applications are processed on an actual cost basis, with staff time billed against an initial deposit. However, requests for information are always welcome, and depending on the nature of the request, they can be handled immediately at the public service counter or by scheduling an appointment with a staff member.
A General Plan is a key planning document that shapes the future of the community by providing the direction for growth and changes that will occur, and includes goals, policies and implementation actions that address important community needs ranging from land use and mobility, housing, to public safety.
In accordance with California Government Code Section 65103(a), each city in California “must periodically review and revise, as necessary, their General Plan.” Although it is not embodied in State law, most General Plans, including Yucaipa’s, are designed to remain in place for twenty years. The City of Yucaipa’s first General Plan was adopted in 1992. Subsequent to adoption in 1992, the first comprehensive ten-year update of the original General Plan was adopted in 2004. With the City’s General Plan at the end of its expected twenty-year planning horizon, City Council initiated the process of an update of the General Plan in 2012. In July 2012, the City entered into a Professional Services Agreement with Placeworks to complete the comprehensive General Plan Update and related Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City’s current General Plan was adopted by the City Council on April 11, 2016.
Pursuant to state law, the Housing Element of the General Plan is required to be updated more frequently than the rest of the General Plan. The City is currently undergoing an update to correspond with the 6th housing cycle, which covers the period of 2021-2029.
Current Planning involves the review of various types of land use applications to ensure that future development will provide safe and high-quality built environment for the City’s residents, visitors, and employees of the many businesses in town. This includes ensuring compliance with the City’s Development Code and Citywide Design Guidelines. Most planning applications are processed on an actual cost basis, with staff time billed against an initial deposit. Some applications are reviewed administratively and approved by the City Planner, and some are required to be approved by the City’s Planning Commission or the City Council.
Advance Planning is associated with the long-term vision of the City and involves the creation or updating of policies and plans that guide the City’s growth and development in the future. These policies and plans are then utilized by Planning staff to evaluate development applications (Current Planning Projects) for consistency with the community’s vision for future growth.
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The General Plan serves as a blueprint for the future of the city, and includes goals and policies intended to shape and guide its development. State law requires that each and every city adopt a General Plan containing at least seven elements, including the Housing Element. Unlike other general plan elements, the Housing Element is required by law to be updated every 8 years and is subject to detailed statutory requirements and also a mandatory review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The General Plan’s Housing Element is the City of Yucaipa’s official housing plan and serves as the chief policy document on housing-related issues. A Housing Element provides the plan and programs that focus on conserving and improving existing affordable housing; providing adequate housing sites for all income levels; assisting in the development of affordable housing; removing constraints to housing development; and promoting equal housing opportunities.
Each year, the City must also prepare an annual progress report showing its efforts towards meeting the goals of the Housing Element, including a counting of all of the housing projects that were proposed and/or approved, and the number of housing units that were built.
The Public Works Department is responsible for all aspects of the City’s public works operations and provides a wide range of services. The Public Works Department consists of two divisions: Parks and Facilities Maintenance and Street Maintenance.
The Parks and Facilities Maintenance Division is responsible for maintaining 160 acres of developed park land and daily maintenance of all City facilities. This division is also responsible for the City’s motor pool operations, maintenance and upkeep of the municipal swimming pool, and ball field preparation. Yucaipa Parks and Facilities Tour
The Street Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance of all street and drainage facilities located within public rights-of-way. The Division is funded by gas tax receipts, solid waste franchise fees, and a portion of Measure I revenues.