Community Development Department

Community Development Department

The Community Development Department consists of four divisions – Building, Planning, Economic Development, and Engineering.

The Building Division's primary responsibility is the enforcement of the adopted building codes.  The Division also provides quality customer service, technical information, permit processing, inspections, and code enforcement to ensure compliance with State and local standards for livability and the integrity of the community and surrounding area. The Code Enforcement Officer handles property maintenance concerns for both residential and commercial properties and administers the City’s rental licensing program. Facilities Maintenance staff provide maintenance services for all City facilities, including City Hall, the Fire Stations, the Ice Arena, and River Oaks Golf Course & Event Center.

 The Planning Division provides guidance for the growth and long-term stability of the community and surrounding areas through the preservation of natural and historic resources and the built environment for an enhanced quality of life. The Division also implements and enforces the City’s zoning ordinance and long-range planning documents including the Comprehensive Plan, Park Master Plan, and Trailway Plan. Planning staff provides support to the Planning Commission, Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, and the City Council.  

The Economic Development Division seeks to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Cottage Grove by creating and retaining businesses and by supporting and growing incomes and the tax base. Economic Development staff work with the Economic Development Authority to help new and existing businesses thrive in Cottage Grove by using business assistance and development programs. 

 The Engineering Division provides project management of City construction projects, oversight of consulting engineers, review and inspection of all privately constructed public infrastructure management of the right-of-way permit program, and plans and implements engineering design, construction and maintenance activities. Engineering staff review planning applications submitted by developers to ensure that they follow city guidelines, ordinances, and standards; assist with implementing City ordinances; and overseeing programs such as the Recycling Grant and Water Conservation programs.