Admin division
Carlos Jaramillo
A Message from the Deputy Director

Thank you for visiting the Community Development Department web site.  I hope the information provided informs you of the many services available and assist in responding to your questions.  I am always looking to improve how we do business.  Should you have an idea as to how I can improve our services to you, please share your thoughts with me.  I can be reached at (562) 383-4100.  Should I not be available, please leave a message and I will contact you within one business day.


Carlos Jaramillo
Deputy Director of Community Development

About the Division

Community Development is comprised of specific Divisions that include Administration, Planning, Building and Safety, Community Preservation, Economic Development, and Housing. The Community Development Department is integral to the City’s comprehensive approach for coordinated efforts in addressing community and regional development issues in growth management and environmental quality.  Community Development is structured to coordinate and provide technical assistance on issues of current and future land development to the City Council, Planning Commission, Successor Agency, Housing Authority, various other Commissions, and the public. It is the Department’s mission to provide this assistance in a highly professional and customer service oriented manner.  The Community Development Administrative Division oversees the activities performed by the Divisions that make up the Community Development Department. The Administrative Division also oversees and coordinates the Department budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
Org Chart Jan 2017

2014-2015 Accomplishments

  • For the calendar year 2014, the Building and Safety Division issued 1,933 permits, with a construction valuation of $ 22,493,751.
  • Community Preservation responded to  1,700 property maintenance violations, which included the abatement of 186 improperly parked and inoperative vehicles on private property, addressed 441 overgrown and inadequate landscape violations,  pursued 119 delinquent and  overdue business license renewal fees, notified 84 private property owners of the need to abate graffiti, contacted 71 business owners regarding temporary signs, and contacted 136 citizens regarding non-permitted yard sales
  • Community Preservation received 89 electronically submitted requests for service through Contact La Habra.  The average response time to conduct an inspection and to issue a Notice of Violation was less than two days.
  • Community Preservation, in partnership with LHPD, has successfully closed down 3 illegal massage parlors, and assisted the California Massage Therapy Council in revoking the business owner’s license.
  • Through the use of 2 part-time inspectors, the City has been able to provide Community Preservation services seven days per week throughout the year.
  • The Economic Development Division assisted in attracting Sprouts to the La Habra Marketplace Shopping Center.
  • Working with multiple landowners through the Economic Development Division on redeveloping/revitalizing properties including the former Ranch Market site on La Habra Boulevard, the former Hughes Market property on Whittier Blvd. and the vacant portion of the former Contractor’s Warehouse site along Imperial Highway,
  • Completed two Due Diligence Reviews of the former La Habra Redevelopment Agency.
  • Completed a major façade improvement project for the commercial center at 100 West La Habra Boulevard.
  • Approved discretionary approvals for the construction of a gated 32-unit single family development at the former Don Steves Chevrolet site.
  • Began the processing of applications for the development of the former “Ranch Market” site with 32 residential condominium units.
  • Continued the process of updating the Zoning Code for consistency with the recently adopted General Plan which included a presentation to the Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee and a Public Workshop
  • Working with the development team to evaluate the possibility of relocating City Hall to the Town Center property at 100-120 East La Habra Boulevard.  The first phase of that analysis was presented to the City Council with direction to proceed to the second phase.
  • Working with the property owners to develop plans for the improvement of the properties on Whittier Boulevard between Beach Boulevard and Hacienda Boulevard for the placement of commercial uses.
  • The City received a CDBG Grant of $736,457 for the program year.  The funds are being used for Administration of the grant (20%), Housing Programs (58%), Public Facility Improvements (6.2%) and Public Services (15%).
  • Permits issued for the construction of a 7-unit condominium project for Habitat for Humanity at 520 to 526 East La Habra Boulevard. This will provide three units that will be deed restricted to remain affordable for 45 years.