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Community Development Department
In 2013, the City of El Cerrito reorganized its existing Environmental and Development Services Department into its new Community Development Department with the mission 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.

City News - View All
Ohlone Gardens Now Accepting Pre-Applications - Deadline 3/10/15
If you are interested in becoming a resident of this new development, click on the link for important information. Pre-applications are ONLY accepted by RCD and must be submitted no later than March 10, 2015. The City will not accept pre-applications. More Info on Pre-Application Process
Economic Development Committee-Chamber of Commerce Community Mixer
The EDC and the Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a Community Mixer at the Scene Wine Bar at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito on March 6th from 5-7pm. Read on...

Community Development
Melanie Mintz,
Interim Community Development Director
Ph: 2154339
Fax: 233-5401

Affordable Housing
Hilde Myall, Program Manager

Mark Soltes,
Building Official

Development Services
Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch,
Development Services Manager

Economic Development
Emily Alter,
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)

City News
El Cerrito now has more energy choices
You now have the opportunity to purchase greener, competitively-priced electricity from MCE. Call MCE at 1 (888) 632-3674 or click the link below for more details.
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