Community Development

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Marc Castagnola, AICP, Director of Community Development
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The Community Development Department is comprised of five (5) divisions: Planning, Building, Housing, Economic Development, and Code Enforcement. The Department's primary roles include the day to day administration of the City's land use regulations, building permit review of conformance with zoning regulations, rehabilitation and creation of affordable housing, creation of a vibrant and stable local business community, and ensuring compliance with the Zoning Code and other City and state regulations. The department partners with other departments and agencies to stimulate economic growth, create new jobs and plan for long-term development in the city.


  • Planning - administer and implement the City's planning and land use functions
  • Building – ensure safe construction of buildings
  • Housing – administer housing programs which includes Homeowner Rehabilitation Programs
  • Economic Development – promote access to economic opportunities
  • Code Enforcement – promote a safe and blight-free community by addressing substandard housing, unauthorized land and building uses, zoning violations, un-permitted work, and other Health and Safety code violations

Community Development Quick Links

To apply for Building Plan Checks, Planning Entitlements, Zoning Clearance and Occupancy Permits/Home Occupation Permits, or to look up Zoning information, please visit our NEW Citizen's Portal below.
Click the image above to access the Citizen's Portal

Building and Planning Appointments:

Meetings with staff are now available Monday through Thursday for 30 minute intervals. To make an appointment to speak to Building and/or Planning, click on the City of Alhambra Appointment Calendar below. In-person meetings will take place at the Building and Planning counter located in the Community Development Department within City Hall. Zoom meetings are available upon request. If you would prefer to meet via Zoom, please specify in the "Additional Comments" section.

Click on the image to make an appointment with a Planner.
Click on the image to make an appointment with Building.

Click on the image to request an appointment for a Building Inspection (Building Division)

Operational Hours.

  • Planning:  626-570-5034, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

          Counter hours:  7:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

  • Building:   626-570-5034, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday

           Permit Counter hours:   7:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

  • Housing:  626-570-5037, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday
  • Economic Development: 626-570-5038, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday
  • Code Enforcement:  626-570-3230, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday


Alhambra Citizen's Access PortalAlhambra Citizen's Access Portal

Track permits, inspections, Planning applications, parcel information, and zoning information.

Planning DivisionPlanning Division

Implementation of City's Zoning Ordinance and General Plan.

Building DivisionBuilding Division

Building and safety standards for design, construction, use and occupancy.

Housing DivisionHousing Division

Home Improvement Assistance Programs.

Economic Development DivisionEconomic Development Division

Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion.

Code Enforcement DivisionCode Enforcement Division

Compliance and correction of violations with the City's municipal codes.

Team Members

Marc Castagnola

Director of Community Development


Vanessa Reynoso

Deputy Director of Community Development


Peggy Carloss

Executive Assistant


Susie Martinez

Clerical Assistant II


Juan Parra

Clerical Aide II


Paul Lam

Principal Planner


Scott Quyle

Associate Planner


Holly Chenh

Housing Assistant


Rafael Perez

Code Enforcement Supervisor


Officer Villegas

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Soto

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Perez-Garcia

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Ramirez

Code Enforcement Officer


Rick Abe

Urban Designer/Architect



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