Community Development
Phone   (805) 388-5360  
Fax   (805) 388-5388 


COVID-19 Statement: In an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in compliance with current State Orders, City Hall and the Community Development Department counter are currently closed to the public, with the exception of scheduled appointments. Adjustments have been made to continue to conduct City business while practicing social distancing and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Customers who would like to schedule appointments are encouraged to contact the Department of Community Development directly at 805.388.5360 or via email at For appointments with the Building and Safety Division, please call 805.388.5395 or email For the safety and protection of our customers and employees, we are requesting that you please wear a mask or face covering, allow us to perform a quick no contact temperature check, and use the provided hand sanitizer before being escorted into City Hall for your appointment.

As we all adjust to this new idea of normal, the Community Development Department continues to provide services, although some procedures may have been modified due to COVID-19. The City supports construction, development, and other services that are allowed under the current conditions. We would like to thank the citizens of Camarillo for their continued effort and support in helping to reduce the spread of this unfortunate virus. We are all in this together!

To better assist you during this time, please see these Frequently Asked Questions for Community Development related items. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the City's COVID-19 Webpage.

Joe VaccaJoe Vacca, Director of Community Development, oversees the following:

Planning Division
– Staff reviews site-specific development applications, for all commercial, industrial, and residential projects to ensure the uses meet the City's architectural, landscaping and development standards and comply with the City's growth ordinance, zoning and sign codes, and meets all applicable state and federal environmental guidelines.  

Planning Commission
– The role of the Planning Commission is to review and make decisions or recommendations to the City Council on various applications, including requests for annexation, subdivision development, requests and amendments to Zoning Ordinances, and the General and Specific Plans. Staff provides information and guidance to the Planning Commission, which is comprised of five City Council appointees. 

Building and Safety Division – Staff reviews and inspects various building projects throughout the City, including new developments, interior remodels, additions, roofing, and other improvements.  

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Staff oversees the funds that are used to address the needs of families, senior citizens and the homeless, as well as economic development and housing programs.  

Code Compliance Division – Code Compliance staff are responsible for the enforcement of the City's Municipal Code and coordinating with the Camarillo Police Department and Ventura County Animal Services.

If you  have any questions about the Community Development Department, please contact us at 805.388.5360 or via email at

Para asistencia en español, por favor póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y comunicarse con Monique Martinez en (805) 388-5360.

Community Development Main 805.388.5360
Community Development Fax 805.388.5388
Director Joe Vacca 805.388.5362
Assistant Director David Moe 805.388.5366
Principal Planner Jackie Lee 805.383.5616
Senior Planner John Novi 805.388.5361
Associate Planner Oksana Buck 805.388.5367
Planning Technician Sam Dominguez 805.383.5613
Senior Admin Specialist Monique Martinez 805.388.5363
Admin Specialist Jamie Avila 805.388.5357
Staff Assistant Janessa Gutierrez  805.388.5360
Admin Specialist Jamie Avila 805.383.5660
Officer Albert Carnahan 805.383.5630
Officer DJ Sotelo 805.388.5368
Senior Officer Lori Wihlborg 805.388.5375
Building Official Renee Meriaux  805.388.5395