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The Community Development Department plans the long range future of Tempe land for transportation corridors, business districts and residential areas as well as administering permits and oversight of current construction. Bringing together unique skill sets, the department focuses on sustainable development, urban open space planning, historic preservation and job attraction. It also administers federal grant programs for housing, social services and capital improvements.

David Nakagawara
Community Development Director



Building Safety

Review of plans and specifications of all proposed construction, building, fire & engineering permits, on-site building inspection

Code Compliance

Enforcement of codes and neighborhoood enhancement

Design + Preservation

Develop illustrative graphics, design guidelines, architectural/ development concepts and other products utilizing appropriate methodology and technology to support a safe and sustainable community.

Historic Preservation

Archeological & historic properties, sites and districts Tempe Historic Preservation Commission

Housing Services

Affordable housing information & resources

Neighborhood Revitalization + Redevelopment

Project coordination & management for large private sector and City-owned projects in Downtown Tempe, Apache Blvd. Project Area, ASU-Tempe Joint Review Committee


Process and facilitates development entitlements such as use permits, variances, development plans, signs; and process change or adoption of codes, ordinances and neighborhood plans

Special Projects

Projects such as the Hayden Flour Mill and other unique Tempe opportunities


Parking is available at the Brickyard on Mill and at the City Hall Garage at Forest and Fifth Street.

The ASU Stadium light rail station is closest to Tempe City Hall and the Orchidhouse offices where Community Development is located. 

Click here for map of offices, parking, and light rail station locations


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