The City has adopted laws that regulate the use of land and the design of most commercial and housing projects. The purpose of these laws is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Jurupa Valley residents and visitors. Laws, such as the Zoning Regulations, architectural review requirements, and Subdivision Regulations, require that people submit applications for project approval to the Community Development Department.
The review evaluates the proposals for consistency with the City's General Plan and all other applicable plans and regulations. These applications are acted on by the Community Development Director, or the Planning Commission, who is appointed the City Council. Some of the more complex development projects are acted on by the City Council.
The Community Development staff also prepares and oversees reports that study the environmental effects of development projects and identify ways of avoiding environmental damage. This work is required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).