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Community Development Department
The mission of the Community Development Department is to deliver services, projects and programs that provide a safe, connected, environmentally-focused and high quality of life in El Cerrito. The Department achieves this mission through planning and implementing programs and private and public development projects that promote community, environmental quality and economic vitality.

Department Overview
The new Community Development Department provides the community with innovative and practical solutions to enhance a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city through the following divisions and programs:
  • Affordable Housing - high quality affordable housing development; affordable housing opportunities; housing policy and programs
  • Building - plan review and inspection services; community outreach and education; enforcement of State building regulations
  • Code Enforcement - ensure that building and zoning ordinances are followed by responding to citizen complaints and proactively investigating violations.
  • Economic Development - development services; job creation; private investment and small business support
  • Planning - new development review process; City codes, plans and regulations; long-range planning efforts
  • Sustainability - climate action and mitigation; energy policy and resources; natural resource preservation; alternative transportation planning and programs

Planning Efforts
The Community Development Department is in the process of developing four plans intended to further the City's goals of providing innovative public places and spaces while ensuring safety and creating a more economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable City.

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Community Development
Melanie Mintz,
Community Development Director
Ph: 215-4339
Fax: 233-5401

Affordable Housing

Mark Soltes,
Building Official

Development Services
Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch,
Development Services Manager

Economic Development
Katherine Ahlquist,
Community Development Analyst
Ph: 215-4330
Fax: 233-5401
Noel Ibalio, Sr. Planner
Sean Moss Sr. Planner

City Hall Hours 
Monday & Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Alternate Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed every other Friday)