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Community Development

The Community Development Department is located on the 2nd floor at City Hall.  The Department can be accessed from both Washington Street and Green Street.  Community development encompasses many aspects of the City and as such the Department is responsible for numerous activities.  All building and planning activities for the City of Sonora are overseen by the Department.  

Planning activities are overseen by the Community Development Director.  The Sonora Planning Commission acts on all applications for use permits, variances, design review, parcel maps, and site plan review.  The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for tentative subdivision maps, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, and amendments to the General Plan.  The Planning Commission consists of five members appointed by the Mayor with confirmation of the City Council.  All of its members must be residents and electors of the City and are seated for four year terms of office.  The Planning Commission meets, in the City Hall Council Chambers, on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. 

The Department reviews plans, issues permits and inspects projects covering a variety of construction activities through the City.  Building plan check and inspection services are provided by the Building Inspector.  All reviews and inspections are conducted based upon the California Building Codes, City Zoning Ordinance and other related provisions of the Sonora Municipal Code.

The Department implements several grant funded programs and projects for the City including the Microenterprise Assistance Program.  The Department also oversees City sponsored events, the Dragoon Gulch Trail, Vision Sonora, Sonora Opera Hall and Certified Farmers Market.

 Contact Information:

              Community Development Department

               94 N. Washington Street

               Sonora, CA 95370

               (209) 532-3508                       Fax (209) 532-3511

 Department Staff:

 Rachelle Kellogg, Community Development Director

Paula Daneluk, Planner                                       

Kim Campbell, Community Development Specialist         

Daren Wardell, Building Inspector                                      

Sheala Wilkinson, Special Programs Coordinator            

The City of Sonora promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low and moderate income families regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, marital status, or handicap.  Please call (209) 532-3508 if you require any special assistance or accommodations to receive services through the Department.


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