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No, the City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. The following organizations may be helpful to citizens seeking legal assistance:
• Bay Area Legal Aid Legal Advice Hotline: 800-551-5554
• Contra Costa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: (925) 686-6900
The Contra Costa County Superior Court Small Claims Division handles small claims actions. Fur further information, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at: (925) 608-1000.
In most cases, crimes must be reported to the police department or other law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. If the crime occurred in San Pablo, it should be reported to the San Pablo Police Department: https://www.sanpabloca.gov/1501/Citizens-Online-Reporting
The PRA request form can be downloaded here: https://www.sanpabloca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15234/PUBLIC-RECORDS-REQUEST-Form-RV2022-FILLABLE
Follow the instructions on page 2 of the form regarding how to submit your Public Records Act (PRA) request. For questions, please call (510) 215-3000.
These are just a few of the ways in which economic development helps communities:
•§ Increased Tax Base...the additional revenue provided by economic development supports, maintains, and improves local infrastructure, such as roads, parks, libraries, and emergency medical services.•§ Job Development...economic development provides better wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.•§ Business Retention...businesses feel appreciated by the community and, in turn, are more likely to stay in town, contributing to the economy.•§ Economic Diversification...a diversified economic base helps expand the local economy and reduces a community's vulnerability to a single business sector.•§ Self-sufficiency...a stronger economic base means public services are less dependent on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each election.•§ Productive Use of Property...property used for its "highest and best use" maximizes the value of that property.•§ Quality of Life...more local tax dollars and jobs raise the economic tide for the entire community, including the overall standard of living of the residents.•§ Recognition of Local Products...successful economic development often occurs when locally produced goods are consumed in the local market to a greater degree.
Economic developers are also instrumental in helping to leverage finances from both the public and private sectors--funding that is critical to help communities attract new businesses, facilitate enterprise development, and assist existing business with expansion and troubleshooting.
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All facility rentals are available on a first-come-first serve basis and must be made 60 days prior to the event. Deposit and application fee are due at the time the reservation is made. Reservations can be made at the San Pablo Community Center located at 2450 Road 20, San Pablo, CA.Please note: As of July 1, 2021, facility reservations are still closed. If you would like to be put on an interest list to be notified when we will begin taking facility reservations please email email@example.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
No. Deposits and rental fees are separate.
The project involves a targeted update to several "elements" (chapters) of the General Plan: Land Use, Housing, Safety, and Public Health. Updates are needed to respond to changing conditions in the community and new State laws. An important objective of the project is to stimulate new housing and jobs in the city to provide a greater variety of choices for people of all ages, abilities, and income levels. The project also involves a new Corridor Plan for Rumrill Boulevard that will be incorporated into the General Plan to describe the community’s vision for the future of the area and guide change over time.
The General Plan is San Pablo’s roadmap for the future of the city. It is a long-term document (looking ahead 20 years) that includes text and diagrams to describe how the community wants to see the city develop over time. It specifies locations for various activities (ex: housing, jobs, shops, schools), transportation improvements, new parks and open spaces, and other public infrastructure. The Plan guides urban development within the City limits — including development on both privately-owned and publicly owned land — and is used a basis for land use decisions by government officials such as the Planning Commission and the City Council. All cities and counties in California are required by law to have a general plan.
Our current General Plan was adopted in 2011 and won a national award of excellence from the American Planning Association. In many ways, the Plan is still serving the community well, but times have changes since 2011 and updates are needed to response to emerging trends and new State laws. The rise of internet shopping and e-commerce in recent years has meant a reduced demand for physical shops and the climate is changing, making summers are getting hotter and winters less rainy. The cost of housing is also rising rapidly in San Pablo and throughout California, and by law, the City must plan for at least 746 new homes by 2031 to keep pace with projected demand. The General Plan needs to be updated to address these issues and other key community priorities, including jobs and quality of life.
The General Plan and Zoning Ordinance go hand-in-hand. The General Plan establishes broad, long-term policies to guide both private sector development and City investments. The Zoning Ordinance implements General Plan policies through detailed development regulations that specify what activities can happen where, and that specify standards for the height and design of new buildings. State law requires that the Zoning Ordinance be consistent with the General Plan.
The Housing Element is a chapter of the General Plan that outlines the City's plan for addressing local housing needs. One of the key components of the Housing Element is the inventory of sites available for housing, presented in a table showing the location, size and zoning applicable to each site together with a projection of the number of housing units that could realistically be accommodated on the parcel in view of past trends and local conditions. A map of the sites is also included. By law, the Housing Element must also include an assessment of local housing needs, potential constraints to housing production, and fair housing issues - which means any factors that impede access to housing for disadvantaged groups like the disabled, the elderly, or racial of linguistic minorities. In view of that assessment, the Housing Element must include a program of actions to address identified needs, constraints and fair housing issues.
Pronounced “REE-NAH,” the term stands for Regional Housing Needs Allocation. It is a total number of new housing units the City must plan for over the next 8 years to address expected demand, as determined by the State of California. RHNA is split into four categories representing different levels of affordability, based on median income level in the county ($103,997). San Pablo must ensure the zoning map will allow for construction of sufficient housing at all levels of affordability over the next 8 years in order to meet its RHNA requirements:
Affordability (based on Contra Costa County Area Median Income (AMI))
No. New Units
Very Low Income
Households making less than 50% AMI
Households making 50-80% AMI
Households making 80-120% AMI
Above Moderate Income
Households making more than 120% AMI
The Rumrill Boulevard Corridor Plan will describe a shared vision for this important corridor in the southwestern part of San Pablo. The Plan will cover a segment of the corridor that runs between Brookside and Costa which has been designated a Priority Development Area (PDA). Today, there is an eclectic mix of businesses and housing on the corridor, but there are also many vacant and underused properties that could be redeveloped. A citywide survey conducted in early 2021 found strong community support for adding higher density housing options along the corridor, improving the look and feel of buildings, and planting trees and green spaces. The Corridor plan is an opportunity to plan holistically for the area and develop a strategy that will lead to improved environmental conditions, economic opportunities, and housing development sites
The timeline for the project is shown below. Work began in the summer of 2021 and adoption of the General Plan and Housing Element is anticipated in Spring/Summer 2023. Preparation of the Draft Housing Element is being prioritized to meet State-mandated deadlines.
Community engagement will be a vital component of the project and there will be many opportunities to have your say, including a citywide survey, community meetings, pop-up events around town, and hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. To learn more about opportunities to participate and stay in the know, sign up for the mailing list: GeneralPlan@sanpabloca.gov or call 510-215-3030.
City Hall is located at 13831 San Pablo Avenue. The Personnel Office is located in Building 1. General employment questions can be referred to (510) 215-3000. TO APPLY FOR ANY CITY JOB: Go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5:00 PM on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered.
Public records, City Council resolutions and ordinances, and other information can be requested by submitting the Records and Information Request Form to the City Clerk's Office. Historical information that is not available from the City Clerk's Office can be obtain from the Civic City Historical Society.
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Current employment opportunities with the City of San Pablo are listed on the Employment Opportunities webpage. General employment questions can be referred to (510) 215-3000. TO APPLY FOR ANY CITY JOB: Go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5:00 P.M. on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered. Paper applications will not be accepted.
PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. Please go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5 00 P.M. on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered. Detailed city job announcements are available on the Employment Opportunities webpage.
The Planning Division maintains a map that shows zoning for every parcel in the City. The zoning map can be viewed in the Planning Division lobby, or anyone can call (510) 215-3030 to speak with a planner regarding specific zoning, setback, and related questions. Typical minimum setbacks in single family neighborhoods are 20 feet for front setbacks, 15 feet for rear setbacks, and side setbacks may vary from 3-6 feet.
Zoning is the establishment of various districts that include all the territory within the boundaries of the city, within which the use of land and buildings, the space for buildings, and the height and bulk of buildings are regulated. See zoning map to view districts.
One "accessory building" is permitted on each parcel (note: a detached garage does not count as an accessory building). Minimum side and rear setbacks of 3 feet are required, and it is required to separate the accessory building from the primary building by at least 6 feet. If the accessory building is less than 120 square feet, no building permit is required. A building permit and Design Review is required for an accessory building of 120 square feet or larger. The height limit of an accessory building is 12 feet.
A parcel is the legal term for an individual property. The legal deginifion is: a parcel is a section of land that has frontage on an improved public or private street. Refer to the “Universal Terms” section under Title 17.68 of the Municipal Code for a more detailed definition for this and other terms.
A six-foot tall fence is allowed on property lines at the rear and sides of most residential properties. A fence up to three (3) feet is allowed within the front yard area. A six-foot fence may be constructed in the side and rear yard area. Refer to Section 17.45.040 of the Municipal Code for more information.
The Hayward Fault Zone is shown on an available map in the Planning Division. Many real estate offices also have maps of the fault zones. Check with the Planning Division at 215-3030 for specific determination of fault zone limits.
While these situations are often difficult to resolve, it is to the property owner's advantage to make past construction legal. It is important to determine what permits were previously issued, if any, and what construction has been inspected and properly completed. Some of the questions that will need answers include: Was a permit issued by the City? Were the permits finalized? Was any of the construction inspected but not finalized? If such information can be clarified by the Building Department or Tax Assessors’ records, the Planning Division staff will be able to provide a property owner with options for obtaining the proper permits and inspections. In these cases, it is not unusual for properties to have to demolish or reconfigure illegal work, or to obtain both Planning Division and Building Department approvals and permits for work that was done illegally. This question also applies to Residential Health and Safety inspections that discover illegal construction during a sale transaction
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