The Community and Economic Development Department exists in Port Angeles to educate, assist, and facilitate established and prospective members of the community seeking to buy and renovate their home; start, expand, or promote a business; promote and initiate an event; or assistance in the interpretation of Municipal Code regulation. Each Division of the Department specializes in specific applications of development assistance and regulation, but collaboration between divisions is essential in ensuring that services provided are timely, accurate, and informative.
More detailed descriptions of the four divisions within the Community and Economic Development Department are listed below along with some services provided by the department as a whole.
The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing planning application and for providing land use code information. The City's Comprehensive Plan, which establishes policy direction for governing land use and construction developments, is overseen by the Planning Division. The Division also has responsibility for reviewing environmental issues such as wetlands, shorelines, floodplains, other environmentally sensitive areas, and compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
The Building Division is responsible for reviewing building permit applications for building inspections during the various stages of construction projects. This division also documents permit approvals, as required by law, which allows for future review when development actions are undertaken or questions of code non-conformance arise.
The Economic Development Division focuses an appropriate level of City attention toward business and industry retention and expansion activities. Serving as a liaison between the City and community, Economic Development helps promote and enhance business investment and employment opportunities by leveraging City resources and services that can influence business and industrial development opportunities. This can also be accomplished by collaborations with State and Federal resources, the Clallam County EDC, Port of Port Angeles, Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula College, and other economic development partners.