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Community Development
Community Development is one component of the Community & Economic Development Department, and it includes planning, permitting, and development review for both long range and current projects.

This department, and its divisions, are structured to accommodate all aspects of development activity.   We work with neighborhoods, businesses and  other public partners to enhance the economic prosperity, vitality and the overall quality of life of our community.

Following are overviews of the planning, building and engineering divisions within this department.
Planning Division - more information here
The Planning Division implements long-range land use planning such as developing and managing the City's Comprehensive, analyzing policy issues, legislative actions; and annexation proposals.  Development planning includes current land use proposals and its responsibilities include:
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Conditional & Special Uses
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Rezones
  • SEPA
  • Subdivisions of Property
  • Shoreline permits
  • Variances
  • Zoning Compliance
Building Division
- more information here
Responsibilities include:            
  • Building Code Compliance and Inspections
  • Building Permit Issuance 
  • Code Interpretation
  • Community Rating System
  • Flood Regulation Review & Compliance
  • General Facilities Maintenance
  • Plan Review
  • Regulation Enforcement
Engineering Division - more information here
Responsibilities include: 
  • Approvals and Inspections
  • As-built Records Research                           
  • Boundary Line Adjustments
  • Civil Plan Review
  • Engineering Standards
  • Fill & Grade Permits
  • Infrastructure Mapping
  • Lot Certifications
  • Right-of-Way Permits
  • Sanitary Sewer Permits
  • Street Vacations              
  • Traffic Concurrency

Building Official:
Rick Prosser

Engineering Services Manager:
Ana Chesterfield

Planning Division:
Rebecca Lowell, Senior Planner

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910 Cleveland Avenue
P.O. Box 809
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Ph: (360) 336-6214
Fx: (360) 336-6283

Building & Engineering Inspection
(360) 336-6243

Monday to Friday
8 am - 5 pm