Posted on: June 8, 2017

Proactive Code Enforcement of Commercial & Residential Properties

Code Enforcement Priorities

The City is moving forward with improvements to our Code Enforcement structure and operation.

As part of our on-going efforts to revitalize the City’s commercial areas and downtown, the City is moving forward with improvements to our Code Enforcement structure and operation. Code Enforcement services are currently provided within the Community Development Department. Due to economic factors and staffing levels within the Community Development Department over the past several years, code enforcement efforts were reduced to compliance- based enforcement only. 

These code officers were also tasked with assessing, tracking and enforcing foreclosure properties during the same time. Now that economic recovery has begun and we are seeing business and residential activity thrive, there is a need to provide proactive code enforcement. Recently, we have hired a third code enforcement officer which will facilitate the implementation of this new proposed action.

Code Enforcement Priorities:

I. Commercial Corridor: We will focus on commercial (right of way) inspections on addressing zoning and sidewalk use violations within the City of Watsonville. The area of emphasis will be on non-permitted signage, flags, banners, illegal tents, flower vending, and outdoor sales. Code Enforcement will be coordinating with the Police Department for assistance with repeat violators.

II. Blighted Properties: City Staff has identified significant problems arising from properties that have been neglected and/or abandoned. In addition, to the neglected landscaping these properties have allowed the dumping of trash, furniture, and other debris creating a source of blight and a barrier to neighborhood revitalization efforts.

III. Public Health: Poor quality housing conditions have a higher probability of resulting in infectious and chronic diseases of the occupants. Examples of poor or substandard housing conditions include but are not limited to: Lack of home safety devices, poor indoor air quality, lack of adequate heat, infestation of insects, etc.

IV. Illegal Construction: City Staff has observed a significant increase in non-permitted construction throughout the City. The City has been divided into three (3) specific assigned areas. City Code Enforcement Officers will survey their area of responsibility while conducting their daily duties and address these violations as they are identified.

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