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Community AND ECONOMIC Development

The Community and Economic Development Department guides and facilitates projects and development activities within the City to provide a standard of development that preserves the health, safety, general welfare and quality of life for residents.

The department collaborates with the Madera County Economic Development Corporation.

Department Staff
Name Title Ext Email
Vacant Director of Community and Economic Development 400 Email
Annalisa Perea Planner (Contract Position) 401 Email
Jerry Volkmar Senior Building Inspector & Code Enforcement Officer 407 Email
Janene Hicks Permit Technician 410 Email

PLANNING COMMISSION

Planning Commission meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 130 S. Second Street. Click HERE for agendas and minutes.

PLANNING SERVICES

  Planning Fees (84 KB)

Click HERE for Planning Division Forms and Applications

 CHOWCHILLA 2040 GENERAL PLAN

The General Plan is a long range planning document to guide the future growth and development of the City. The approved General Plan is required by state law and includes seven mandatory elements: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Safety, Open Space, Conservation, and Noise.

  Table of Contents (44 KB)
  Abbreviations, Glossary and References (150 KB)
  Circulation Map (2,382 KB)
  Land Use Map
(889 KB)

  Chowchilla Housing Element (adopted April 2017)
(80,909 KB)
  Initial Study/Negative Declaration for Chowchilla Housing Element (March 2017)
(941 KB)

FINAL Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - Chowchilla 2040 General Plan Update and Rancho Calera Specific Plan - Dated April 4, 2011

City of Chowchilla Final Environmental Impact Report Notice of Availability and Public Hearing for the 2040 General Plan and the Rancho Calera Specific Plan Project

Table of Contents
For viewing, click on the highlighted section title in the Table of Contents.

Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for Chowchilla 2040 General Plan

Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for the Rancho Calera Specific Plan and Annexation

Rancho Calera Specific Plan and Annexation Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Chowchilla 2040 General Plan Update FEIR 4. Corrections/Changes to the General Plan

DRAFT Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - Chowchilla 2040 General Plan and Rancho Calera Specific Plan - Dated August 11, 2010

City of Chowchilla Draft Environmental Impact Report Notice of Availability and Public Comment for the 2040 General Plan and the Rancho Calera Specific Plan Project

Volume 1 - Table of Contents 
For viewing, click on the highlighted section title in the Table of Contents.

Volume 2 - Technical Appendices
For viewing, click directly on the title in the Table of Contents on pages 2-3.

ZONING ORDINANCE

The City of Chowchilla Zoning Ordinance includes a Zoning Map which divides the City into various zones for residential, commercial, and industrial development. The ordinance regulates not only the location of various types of land uses, but also outlines other development requirements such as maximum building heights, building setback requirements, intensity of use, and required off-street parking. The Municipal Code, containing the Zoning Ordinance Title 18, may be viewed online on this website, or at the Community and Economic Development Department located in the Chowchilla Civic Center.

SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE

The division of land within the City of Chowchilla is regulated by the City's Subdivision Ordinance as contained in Title 17 of the Municipal Code, and by the State of California Subdivision Map Act. The division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels is considered a subdivision of land and is subject to compliance with the City's Subdivision Ordinance. Information on the process and requirements for subdividing land may be obtained from the Planning Division of the Community and Economic Development Department. Email  CommunityDevelopment@ci.Chowchilla.CA.US for more information.

BUILDING AND SAFETY

City of Chowchilla Standard Specifications Book
For viewing items in this .pdf document, click directly on each title.

City of Chowchilla Standard Specifications Drawings Index
For viewing items in this .pdf document, click directly on each title.

Fire Department Protection Standards


Tree Program for City Streets

Building and Zoning Plan Check

Before building construction can occur, plans must be prepared and submitted to the department to be reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations. Depending of the level of necessary review this task may be evaluated by the City's currently approved contracted firm.

Construction Permit Information for Business Owners Brochure

Building Division Forms and Applications

CODE AND ZONE ENFORCEMENT

The department provides inspections, investigations, and compliance guidelines in the City for residential and commercial code and zone violations. The focus is on the maintenance of neighborhood and community assets, thereby assuring the health, safety, and welfare of residents in all neighborhoods.

The department also coordinates the weed abatement program. Property owners are notified to remove weeds, trash, and other material that constitutes a fire hazard. If a property owner fails to respond, the City performs the weed abatement through a private contractor and assesses the property owner for the incurred costs. For more information or to place a complaint, send an email to CodeEnforcement@CityOfChowchilla.org or  call (559) 665-8615, extension 407.

Commercial Property Maintenance Brochure
Waste Tire Enforcement Program Brochure
Household Hazardous Waste Program    (Espanol)

Building Inspections

To schedule a building inspection, please call (559) 665-8615, extension 407.

PERMITS

Public Right-of-Way Encroachment Permit
Transportation Permit
Special Event/Parade Permit
Banner Permit
Fireworks Booth Sales Lottery Draw Application
Fireworks Permit
RV Permit *no online form available for this permit

For further information, see the Permits Information Brochure or contact us at (559) 665-8615, extension 787.