Community & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development Department champions economic vitality and safe, livable neighborhoods which reflect, preserve, and enhance Soledad’s unique cultural and historic character; the department also promotes informed decision making, which facilitates sustainable development, affordable housing, and reinvestment in the community.

248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 156, Soledad, CA 93960
Phone: (831) 223-5043
(831) 678-3965
Hours: Monday – Thursday. By appointment only.
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Brent Slama

Community and Economic Development Director

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(831) 223-5043

The Community & Economic Development Department is comprised of the following divisions

  • Economic Development
  • Building & Safety
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Redevelopment

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    Economic Development Division

    The Economic Development Division promotes investments in the City and helps secure quality goods and services for local residents and businesses. Specific goals are to provide retail opportunities to meet the needs of our citizens, promote research activities, create diverse job opportunities, and to assist in the fiscal stability of the city.

    Business Outreach and Support

    Maintaining a healthy business environment for the City of Soledad is our priority. We recognize that a healthy business sector provides the resources necessary to sustain jobs and services for our citizens. Business retention and expansion programs are successfully being implemented to improve the City’s revenue base, create jobs for residents, and provide for the overall well being of the Soledad business community.

    Encouraging an ongoing dialogue with businesses and building relationships with business leaders are critical factors for business retention. To that end, the City’s Economic Development Division sponsors or conducts a number of business outreach programs that offer new and established businesses alike, education and emerging business trends and opportunities.

    What is Economic Development?

    Economic Development refers to policies and programs to help increase the community’s economic activity in order to create more and better jobs and to provide greater choice and competitive prices for goods and services. A healthy economy also increases revenues to the local government through more property tax and through additional sales tax, which equates to financial re-investment in city services and our business community.

    City of Soledad Sales Tax Update

    Find a Business/Development Location using ZoomProspector

    Thinking about locating your business in the Enterprise Zone? Looking for a new location to expand your business? Visit this page to utilize ZoomProspector software to view sites and buildings within the Enterprise Zone that are for sale or lease and to find information on community demographics, retail sales, information on existing businesses, and much more.

    Maps

    Housing Division

    During the 1990’s to the 2000’s, Soledad almost doubled its population through the development of single-family and multi-family housing.  With this development came many benefits to the community of Soledad and Monterey County in providing for opportunities for a growing regional workforce to own or rent affordable housing.

    This development allowed Soledad to build a state-of-the-art, STEM-focused high school and three additional neighborhood-centered elementary schools.  An expanded middle school will be completed in 2018.  Additional neighborhood parks, walking trails, greenbelts were added.  A full-service community center was built to compliment the city’s year-round aquatic center.

    Following the city’s expansion was the addition of retail shopping centers complimenting our diverse offering of downtown small businesses, banking, and service providers.   Soledad residents and visitors have convenient access to grocery, automotive, fuel, health, dining, and retail services.  A new multiplex cinema is expected to open in 2019.

    Soledad is a young and growing community.  As the Community and Economic Development Department looks to the future, it is with the understanding that it will need to remain focused on providing affordable workforce housing and housing for our young residents who will want to live, work and raise their own families in the small town atmosphere of their own upbringing.

    Our staff recognizes that not every generation desires or needs single-family housing.  It will be important to continue to diversify our housing stock to include appropriately sized housing for senior citizens and those who wish to live and work in our community while living in a dwelling space that is right-sized for their lifestyle.

    There remains a great need in Monterey County for temporary housing, farmworker housing, and market-rate multifamily housing.  Adding these types of housing to our city offerings will enhance the community and provide the most appropriate type of housing for the needs of those who wish to live and work and call Soledad home.

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    Planning Division

    The Planning Division works with other departments and the community to provide a continuing quality of life for the residents and business owners located in the City of Soledad.

    Additionally, the Planning Division also works with land developers regarding Commercial, industrial, and residential developments; and promotes and implements plans for the balanced and orderly growth of the city and ensures that all new development is constructed in accordance with good design practices.

    The Planning Division is also responsible for the review and issuance of permits for fences and walls, patio covers, signage, and residential and commercial additions, and providing over-all general zoning information and General Plan information.

    Redevelopment Division

    [Per Community & Economic Development Director, there are statutory documents that need to be maintained in this area.  They have not been updated in years.  Hold this area for those updated documents.]

    Data & Demographics

    Population and Housing Narrative Profile: 2005-2009
    Source:
    2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

    Selected Housing Characteristics

    • 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Click Here

    Building & Safety Division

    The mission of the Building & Safety Division is to provide quality services to the community in a manner that is comprehensive, effective, knowledgeable and helpful to the public. The Building & Safety Division promotes and ensures that all new development in Soledad is constructed in accordance with the highest standards of safety and that all existing structures are maintained in a safe condition.

    Overview

    Regulating the construction or renovation of buildings is an important aspect of consumer protection that benefits both the residents and visitors of our city. Before a building is constructed or altered, the property owner is responsible for obtaining a building permit from the City. During this process, plans are reviewed to ensure the design will satisfy all city and state construction codes. Once plans have been checked and any necessary corrections have been approved, the permit is issued and construction may begin. Our staff of certified inspectors will conduct inspections of the project during various stages of construction to verify that building code requirements are adhered to and that the work is consistent with the plans approved by the City.

    Code Enforcement

    The Building & Safety Division of the Community & Economic Development Department is also responsible for enforcing various land use, property development, building and sign regulations. Our municipal ordinance enforcement program is handled on a complaint-driven basis and we respond to over 50 cases per year. For more information, please visit Code Enforcement.

    Building Permits

    We encourage you to call or visit us at the Building & Safety Division before you submit your Building Permit Application. We will answer your questions and let you know if your proposed project is within the City’s development guidelines.

    You may be referred to other staff members to determine if your project will require any Planning approvals before you can apply for a Building Permit. Approval may require action by staff, the Architectural Review Committee, the Planning Commission or the City Council.

    If your project requires Planning approval, you must file a Planning Application and pay required fees. Those fees are separate from the Building Permit fees. Required planning approvals must be granted before you are allowed to apply for a Building Permit.

    Our Staff may also have you discuss your project with the Public Works Department, the Fire Department or the Monterey County Health Department to determine if there will be any special requirements. Staff may suggest ideas to make the Building Permit process easier for you.  Asking us questions early in the process may save you time.

    Downloadable Information and Documents

    Building Inspection Services

    Inspection requests must be made at least 2 days before the inspection date by calling (831) 223-5041. The Permit Technician (CSG) will call you back the next day to confirm the inspection date and time.

    The inspector is available by appointment only. When requesting appointments please call 2 days in advance and request a time and day and what the appointment is about. The Permit Technician (CSG) will call you back to confirm the date and time of the appointment.

    Inspections at Mobile Home Parks: Santa Elena (980 Front St.), Nielsen’s Trailer Park (34055 Front St.), Soledad Motor Lodge and Trailer Park (263 Front St.), Greenleaf Estates (1800 Metz Rd.), and Almond Acres (311 Orchard Lane) in the City of Soledad are provided by the State of California. Call Housing and Community Development at (916) 255-2501.

    When To Call For Inspections

    The general contractor/owner-builder or a duly authorized representative is responsible for verifying that all work is complete prior to requesting an inspection. This authorized representative shall also be responsible for walking with the Inspector on all inspections and for coordinating all sub-contractors duties relevant to correction items cited by the inspector. The City Stamped “Approved” plans, permit card and all prior “Correction Notices” must be on the job site for all inspections. Re-inspections must be requested after all corrections have been made and before any work is covered.

    The following sequence should provide a guideline for clarifying then to call for inspections. Deviation from this sequence may be granted by the Inspector if sufficient reasons or conditions are cited and code compliance can be met without adverse effects. The General Rule is all work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until inspection approval is obtained.

    Foundation Inspection

    • Concrete Slab or Under-Floor Inspection
    • Roof Sheathing
    • Exterior Shear Inspection
    • Masonry Fireplace Inspection
    • Framing Inspection
    • Insulation Inspection
    • Drywall/Exterior and Interior Lath Inspection
    • Building Sewer/Water Services (from Meter or Street to House or Business) Inspection
    • Stucco Inspection
    • Gas Line Air Test Inspection
    • Final Inspection

    Please be advised that all inspections must be cleared (in writing) before utilities are released and Certificate of Occupancy is issued. This included final clearances from not only the Building Division, but also the Planning, and the Public Works and Fire Department.

    Code Enforcement

    The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of certain health and safety regulations as well as the ongoing maintenance and consistent use of property throughout the City through the education and enforcement of maintenance codes, inoperative vehicle abatement, and zoning codes which regulate land use, signs, and development standards. Code Enforcement also assists Animal Control, Fire, Police, Building, and planning departments in the interpretation and enforcement of Soledad municipal codes.

    Process

    Once a complaint is received, we will review the allegations and schedule an inspection of the site to verify any violations. The appropriate City Department staff may be consulted regarding the type of violation. When it is determined that a violation exists, the City will notify the property owner of the violations in writing and try to achieve voluntary compliance in a reasonable timeframe to correct the problem. If voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, the City retains the ability to, with possible fines, issue formal citations.

    If you have concerns regarding the following, please submit a Citizen Inquiry Form:

    • Converted Garages or Rooms
    • Buildings without a permit
    • Fence Heights
    • Construction Noise
    • Over-Crowded Housing
    • Sub-Standard Housing
    • Sign Ordinance Violations

    Other Possible Violations

    • Complaints concerning abandoned vehicles on city streets should be directed to the Police Department.
    • Complaints regarding illegal dumping into the city’s sotrm drain/sewer system should be directed to the Public Works Department.

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