The City of Anderson Development Services Department plays a key role in shaping the future of urban development in the City of Anderson. The Planning and Building divisions develop guiding policies in the City's General Plan, and facilitate new construction through zoning, building permits, subdivision approvals, flood management, environmental revisions, code enforcement and community design guidelines. Under direction of the Development Service Director, who is appointed by and is responsible to the City Manager, the Development Services Department serves Anderson residents directly at our public counter, and indirectly by guiding the City's urban form from concept to construction. The services within the department include Planning, Building, Flood Plain Administration and Code Enforcement.
Housing Element 2019-2028: The City of Anderson’s 2019-2028 Housing Element Update is now available. The Housing Element Update will help the City identify local housing needs between 2019 and 2028 and opportunities to support housing rehabilitation and development. The update also identifies constraints to the access of existing housing and to the development of new housing. The Housing Element Update will also support the City’s efforts to meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). You can find the Housing Element here along with the EIR Addendum here.
Accessory Dwelling Units & Junior Accessory Dwelling Units
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have been known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs can be an affordable and effective option. Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are allowed to be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence and shall contain no more than 500 square feet. They may share central systems, contain a basic kitchen utilizing small plug-in appliances, may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling, all to reduce development costs. JADUs present little additional stress on utility services or infrastructure because they repurpose existing space within the residence. For more information about ADUs and JADUs, please refer to the State Housing and Community Development web site here. The State’s ADU Handbook has extensive information and is available here.
Building & Safety: 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 of Anderson. Plans are reviewed to ensure the design satisfies City and State construction codes. Once the permit is issued, certified inspectors will conduct inspections for building code compliance and to make sure that the work is consistent with plans approved by the City.
Code Enforcement: The mission of code enforcement in the City of Anderson is to protect the health and safety of the City's residents, and visitors, and the livability of the community by assuring compliance with the City's land use, environmental and building codes. Our ordinance enforcement program is handled on a complaint-driven basis. Once a written complaint is received, we will review the information and schedule an inspection of the site. If it is determined that a code violation does exist, we will notify the property owner of the violations and work toward resolution of the issues.
The Planning Commission: The Planning Commission acts "To partner with and engage our community to provide services, preserve our small town atmosphere,protect our parks, enhance the quality of life and plan for the future". The City of Anderson Planning Commission (PC) consists of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. The commission's task is to review evaluate and approve rezoning requests, general plan amendments,use permits and tentative subdivision and parcel maps.
Floodplain Management: The Development Services Director is charged with managing the City's Floodplain Management Program in accordance with FEMA regulation's. These responsibilities include:
- Providing information about the flood threat caused by creeks and rivers.
- Providing information regarding the regulations and restrictions that pertain to floodplains.
- Providing information on how residents and property owners can protect themselves from flooding and flood damage.