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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 11

Meeting Date: September 14, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve re-organization of Community Development Department, authorize the establishment of two new positions, and direct staff to commence recruitment of a Planning Manager, Economic Development Manager and Redevelopment Analyst

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Economic Development Director
Karen Chew, Assistant City Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENCATION
Approve re-organization of Community Development Department, authorize the establishment of two new positions, and direct staff to commence recruitment of a Planning manager, Economic Development Manager and Redevelopment Analyst.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The City Manager on June 16, 2004 merged the Community Development and Economic Development Departments and appointed the Economic Development Director as the Director of the merged Departments. The merger and other departmental considerations have shifted work loads that need to be addressed.

The first consideration is the intention of Mike Leana, the current Chief of Planning, to retire next year. The Planning Manager position will replace the Chief of Planning position when Mike retires. It will greatly benefit the transition of the Planning Division’s management to have his replacement on board for a period of time before Mike’s retirement. The benefits not only include a smooth transfer of projects but also an initial period of exposure to the perspective of Mike’s institutional memory of the Planning Division’s history. The Human Resources Division anticipates the position could be filled by January 1, 2005.

The second work load consideration involves the Economic Development Division. Since the Economic Development Department’s Director has assumed the responsibilities of the merged Departments available time to spend on project oriented work has been greatly diminished. Economic Development activity continues to be robust with many retail, office and industrial projects in investigative, planning and building stages. Economic Development activity is crucial to the long term fiscal health of the City and maintaining an appropriate staffing level to support the activity is critical to its success. The Human Resources Division anticipates the position could be filled by December 1, 2004.

The third work load consideration involves the Redevelopment Agency Division. Since the Economic Development Department’s Director has assumed the responsibilities of the merged Departments available time to spend on redevelopment project oriented work has also been greatly diminished. Redevelopment Agency staffing has been at the very low level of 1.5 full time equivalent employees since it was reactivated in July 2001. Since that time the Agency has accomplished many important projects including state law mandated affordable housing agreements for 10 current and upcoming residential projects including Gregory Ranch town-homes, Casitas Del Sol, Arbor Village, Sycamore Square, Sycamore Place II, First Street 8-plex, Arbor Ridge, Villa Amador, Pinn Brothers’ Marseilles, and S&S Farms. Commercial, retail, industrial and infrastructure projects, such as Sand Creek Business Center, Gregory Ranch Business Park, and Sunset Industrial Complex, Brentwood Boulevard improvements, O’Hara Avenue extension, and miscellaneous water and sewer improvements are critical in terms of creating new jobs, increasing sales tax and generating new tax increment. Upcoming projects that require focus by the Redevelopment staff includes such projects as Central Business Park, Downtown Specific Plan implementation, Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan implementation, redevelopment of Oak & Walnut Streets, and development of 1000 Central Avenue. The Redevelopment Analyst is an existing, but vacant position, and would be filled with the intention to concentrate on redevelopment housing programs and projects. The Human Resource Division anticipates the position should be filled by December 1, 2004. A corresponding staff report for a budget amendment to fund this position is on the Agency’s agenda.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is a minimal cost increase associated with the recruitment of a Planning Manager because an additional Planner was included in the Community Development Department 2004 budget. The Manager position is compensated at a slightly higher level than the Planner position when both salary and benefits are considered.

There is a minimal cost decrease associated with the recruitment of an Economic Development Manager because the merger of the Economic and Community Development Departments resulted in the elimination of a Director position that is being filled with a Manager position. The Manager position is compensated at a slightly lower level than the Director position when both salary and benefits are considered.

There is virtually no fiscal impact to the addition of the Economic Development and Planning Managers when considered together.

The fiscal impact to amend the Redevelopment Agency’s budget is outlined in the corresponding RDA staff report.

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