The Building Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) is the manager responsible for (1) directing the work of the Building Department’s staff in reviewing construction and planning projects submitted by Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Association to determine whether such projects meet the high standards of architectural design requirements of the Rancho Santa Fe Protective Covenant (the “Protective Covenant”), Regulatory Code and Design Guidelines and qualify for approval; and (2) directing the work of the Building Department’s staff for projects that require the recommendation and/or approval of the Covenant Design Review Committee (the “CDRC”) and Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Rancho Santa Fe Association and/or Members. The Commissioner is the staff person to the CDRC.
The Commissioner supervises staff who are trained to perform professional work in the field of architectural design review and landscape plan evaluation to assist Members, design professionals, developers, realtors, contractors, and potential buyers of property located in the Covenant area on building design review, landscaping, code enforcement and development related matters.
Specific activities may include land planning, subdivision, commercial and residential construction, boundary adjustments, Protective Covenant modifications, assistance to the CDRC on planning items, liaison with the County of San Diego and major project management duties.
Specific Authority and Duties
Manages monthly CDRC meetings for review of multiple
Supervise and evaluate staff in the architectural, grading, and landscaping review of development projects for consistency with the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code and Design
Hire, supervise and evaluate consultants to assist the CDRC and
Supervise and conduct plan checks and issue building
Supervise field inspection of construction permits for consistency with the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code and Design
Supervise the review of applications for
Oversee all aspects of land-use applications including boundary adjustments, subdivisions, Protective Covenant modifications and other land-use matters. Responsible for feasibility studies, land use, entitlements, and
Perform site visits to evaluate a proposal’s consistency with the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code, and Design
Review, Advise, and Recommend
Review and make recommendations to the CDRC, the Board, and Association Manager for land-use and planning
Communicate Association land-use regulations and ensure proper compliance is followed.
Recommend and evaluate the approval or denial of land-use applications, Protective Covenant modifications, subdivisions, and boundary adjustments dealing with issues of significant complexity in accordance with the Protective Covenant, Bylaws, and Regulatory
Confer with and advise Members, architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the general public regarding the requirements of the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code, and Design
Review development proposals for consistency with the Protective Covenant, Bylaws, and Regulatory
Analyze complex projects as needed to achieve the Association’s
Advise the CDRC on all matters brought before
Knowledge, Communication and Preparation
Prepare staff reports and make presentations to the Board and CDRC as
Maintain knowledge of industry trends and code changes and ensure compliance in all land-use planning
Prepare letters to applicants confirming CDRC and Board
Building Commissioner Requirements
Outstanding organizational and planning skills
Strong understanding of the historic architectural significance of Rancho Santa Fe and the community character
Customer service orientation
Outstanding people skills
Sound decision making skills
Analytical problem solver
Verbal and written communication proficiency
Experience in Common Interest Developments including the required legal governing documents
Multi-disciplinary environmental planning, urban planning, zoning, entitlement process, land development, and architectural design
Project management and analysis
Demonstrated strength in documentation and mitigation
Manage teams of consultants, architectural, and legal and governmental entities
Ability to make professional presentations
Must be able to analyze many variables and choose the most effective course of action. Complex, controversial and problematic issues/questions must be directed to the Association Manager or CDRC as necessary for consultation. The position must be able to handle unique and diverse work problems on a daily basis. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. Must relate and interact with people at all levels. Plans and expedites the flow of work while ensuring the smooth operation of the office under the pressure of frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.