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110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

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The Community Development Department is responsible for the planning and building divisions functions, and the functions of the Special Projects division. Staff reviews all residential, commercial and industrial projects in the City. The Planning Division writes and updates the City's General Plan and Specific Plans including the Downtown Specific Plan. Staff reviews all projects for zoning compliance, processes land division applications, and processes all environmental assessments and reports. The Building Division regulates building and associated construction activities to protect public health, safety and welfare pursuant to uniform construction codes governing land use and code enforcement. The staff's activities include building plan review and inspection during construction. The Special Projects division includes management and implementation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and serves as the lead agency in the development of plans summarizing needs and actions to revitalize the community and its neighborhoods. 

Office hours

The Community Development Department office is staffed weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with counter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

Additionally, over-the-counter permits will be processed and ready the following day.

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Chuen Ng (pronounced Chun Ing)

Director of Community Development
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2240
City Fax: (805) 928-7565

110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458



  • Master of City and Regional Planning, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Occidental College, Los Angeles
  • Director of Community Development, City of Santa Maria
  • Planning Section Manager/Principal Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Associate Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Assistant Planner, City of Lancaster
  • Assistant Planner, City of Hanford
  • High School Science Teacher, Cleveland High School, Reseda


  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, Strong Towns Organization


  • Married with two children
  • Member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Traveling, road trips and baseball games with family 

Description Of Responsibilities:

The Community Development Department Director is responsible for Current and Advance Planning, maintenance of the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Secretary to the Planning Commission. The Community Development Director is responsible for the Building Division which processes and checks all plans for compliance with the building codes, processes all building permits and inspects all buildings. The Community Development Director is also the "Environmental Officer," "Noise Control Officer," "Secretary to the Planning Commission," and "Zoning Administrator."

Mission Statement

To plan for the orderly growth of the City, consistent with the goals and objectives of the community's General Plan, to process projects quickly and efficiently consistent with the public's interest and safety in mind, and to provide departmental services in a courteous and responsible manner.

2016-17 Goals/Objectives

  1. Ensure that the development of Enos Ranchos remains the Department’s highest priority project for review and approval of discretionary and ministerial permits, because upon completion, property and sales tax revenues for the City will be enhanced.
  2. Work with County agencies to assist with the development of H-2A housing on properties located within the County and near the City, and closer to the areas being farmed.
  3. Utilize a $20,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to conduct a Public Spaces workshop followed by implementation of the recommendations, and as part of the program, determine how the Santa Maria Arts Council can participate in providing public art.
  4. Utilize the Department’s involvement with the Chamber and Economic Development Commission to identify ways to improve the local economy and attract higher paying jobs.
  5. Ensure that the recently-adopted landscape conservation ordinance, pertaining to landscaping and irrigation, is implemented in consultation with other departments to achieve improved water conservation Citywide while maintaining desired aesthetics.
  6. Train Permit Tech staff on the administration/fee input portions of computer based permitting software (TRAKiT).  Cross train plans examiners to use software to calculate permit fees to speed up backend processing of permits, and to back fill counter staff as needed to serve the public.
  7. Introduce building codes on electronic media via tablets or another portable device to eliminate the need for carrying up to 15 code books per vehicle/inspector, subject to availability of funds.
  8. Lead an interdepartmental team in using stencils to paint addresses at selected commercial properties to proactively improve public safety responses.
  9. Seek and secure new grants and outside funding sources to address public safety, neighborhood revitalization and youth development needs in the community, including the need for more soccer facilities.
  10. In conjunction with Public Works and Recreation and Parks, identify City projects that could be assisted with CDBG capital funding.