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.
The department is divided into the following groups:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
248 Main Street • Soledad, CA 93960
Phone: 831-223-5000 • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm