The materials and information required for the City to
appropriately process standard development applications has
evolved over the years. On February 27, the City Council
adopted a formal set of requirements with a series of
checklists for the common application types. The checklist
format allows both applicant and staff to use the form to
make sure that all required information is provided.
The proposed submittal requirements
take the form of six checklists, one for each of the common
types of development entitlement applications:
• Land Division
(Tentative Subdivision Map,
Tentative Parcel Map)
(Conditional Use Permit, Plot Plan, P-D zone and similar
• Abandonment of Right of Way
• Lot Line Adjustment
• Second Story Review
These checklists are available at the
City’s Development counter, or online at www.modestogov.com/ced.
Also available at the counter or online are the City’s
development application forms to be used in conjunction with
The Citizen Redevelopment Advisory Commission works on
behalf of citizens, like you, to bring the voice of the
community to Modesto Redevelopment Agency
Established in 1991, the purpose of this dedicated group of
citizens is to review Redevelopment Agency (RDA) budgets,
projects, programs, public-private partnerships and master
plans. They strive to maintain and improve the business and
residential communities within the RDA Project Area and the
quality of life for us now and generations to come.
The City Council acts as the Agency
Board for RDA projects. The Board appoints the 11 members of
the Advisory Commission and the members are selected based
on (1) Property and/or Business Owners located in the RDA
Project Area, (2) Members-At-Large, (3) Residents or Owners
of Residential Property in the RDA Project Area, (4)
Planning Commission Representative and (5) a Downtown
Improvement District Representative.
Thanks to the Commission members, the City of Modesto has a
thriving and growing Downtown!
Sutter Gould Medical Center
In January, the City Council approved development plans for
the expansion and redevelopment of the Sutter Gould Medical
Facility located at 600 Coffee Road. The existing building
will be demolished and a new upgraded facility built on the
site. The new building will be constructed to the rear of
the existing site, with parking and new landscaping fronting
Coffee Road and Lucern Avenue. Seven residences on Locke
Road owned by Sutter Gould will be demolished and replaced
with parking for the new development. Two additional parking
lots will be constructed on Sunnyside Avenue at Lucern
Avenue. The larger facility, at 132,000 square feet, will
involve a 35% increase in size and is intended to
accommodate Sutter Gould’s existing patients and staff.
The City is currently processing the improvement and
building plans with demolition and construction expected to
begin in the Spring and Summer.
Vintage Faire Mall Expansion
The Planning Division is currently reviewing an application
from the Macerich Company for a 60,000 square foot expansion
of the Vintage Faire Mall located at Dale Road and
Standiford Avenue.The improvements that have been proposed
include five new buildings and an outdoor plaza to be
constructed near the southern portion of the mall, adjacent
to Gottschalk’s. The new multi-tenant building and plaza are
intended as a “Lifestyle Center” to include retail and
restaurant uses. The existing parking area and internal
circulation of the site would also be reconfigured to
accommodate these improvements.
The proposal and associated environmental documentation will
be heard by the Planning Commission in the near future, with
construction expected to begin this Spring.
“Portraits of Success” is one of the ways that the City
supports and introduces Modesto businesses to the public.
The City’s Business Development Division coordinates with
each business to display the company’s products and/or
services in large display cases located in three areas. Two
display cases are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of City
Hall located at 1010 Tenth Street in Tenth Street Place. The
third case is located at the Modesto Airport, in the baggage
Best of all, this is a free marketing service and is
displayed for 90 days to provide the most coverage to your
Would you like to spotlight your business?
Here is how you qualify:
• Have a current City of Modesto
• Have your business based in Modesto.
• Have 5 or more employees.
• Not be a franchise.
• All items for display must be approved by
Business Development Division staff and must be appropriate
for all ages to view.
Each participant in the “Portraits of Success” will receive
a certificate of participation.
If you are interested in this opportunity available to your
business, please contact Patrice Kersten, Community and
Economic Development at (209) 571-5587, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you have a chance, please stop by to see the displays
of our current “Portraits of Success”!
The Beat Health/Special Multi-Agency Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.),
implemented in June 2006, is a citywide program designed to
improve the quality of life in neighborhoods suffering from
excessive drug crime, public disturbance calls for service,
blight, and abandoned vehicles, which contribute to a lack
of community identity. The team coordinates City resources
with community members to improve their neighborhoods by
removing abandoned vehicles, improving or removing
substandard buildings, and focusing on drug and disturbance
crime issues. Neighborhood residents become more involved
with the improvement process with the assistance of the
The team is supervised by the Police Department since it is
the only City service available and visible on a 24-hour
basis in the affected neighborhoods. By coordinating the
response and services of the Police Department, Building
Inspections, City Attorney, and other agencies under one
program manager in the Police Department a high response
priority is assured. Using a cross department “horizontal”
team to deal with neighborhood quality of life issues is an
effective problem-solving structure that has been successful
in several other cities.
One of the goals of the BEAT Health/S.M.A.R.T. team is to
become self-sustaining. On March 6, 2007, the City Council
adopted the following fees:
1. Substandard Building
Notice and Order Fee $950.00
Appeal Fee $1,000.00
Closing Fee $125.00
2. Dangerous Building
Notice and Order Fee $950.00
Appeal Fee $1,000.00
Closing Fee $125.00
The Substandard Building Fees went into effect on March 7,
2007. The Dangerous Building Fees will go into effect on
April 5, 2007, following the final passage and adoption of
an Ordinance change.
Although the reason for establishing the fees was to allow
for cost recovery within the BEAT Health program, the fees
will allow for cost recovery for all other applicable City
business, outside the BEAT Health program as well.
The City of Modesto is in the process of procuring a
Building Permit Module for an Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
System for the Building Services Division of the Community &
Economic Development Department.
Over the last four years, the Building and Development
Services Division has conducted approximately 210,000
inspections. Each inspection generates one to three
telephone calls to schedule, confirm and request results.
Currently, these telephone calls are received either on a
voice recorder or taken in person, and are manually logged
into the system for scheduling the following day.
Confirmation and result requests are manually researched by
staff with information provided to the caller. Each
telephone call results in 10-30 minutes of staff time to
The addition of the Building Permit Module will provide
citizens secured 24-hour telephone access for permit
scheduling and inspection processing. The IVR system will
provide inspection results and history, plan review status,
and other documents via telephone and fax. This service will
be available for both English and Spanish speaking customers
using the same access phone number.
The request to purchase the IVR system will be going forward
to the City Council on March 27, 2007.
H. Brent Sinclair, AICP
Community & Economic Development Director
Senior Building Inspector
Building Safety Division
Administrative Services Technician I
Senior Administrative Office Assistant
Do you have some ideas or suggestions on how the City of
Modesto’s Community & Economic Development Department (CEDD)
can better serve you? Let us know!
The CEDD recently put out a survey for the public to
submit their thoughts. In case you missed the annoucement,
don’t worry you still have time to participate. You can
visit the CEDD web site and fill out the brief survey here:
We want to know if you have had a positive or negative
experience in dealing with any of our divisions including
Planning, Building and Business Development. You can rate
each of the items based on your personal experiences and
even submit your thoughts in the ‘comments’ box provided.
We hope to hear from you soon!