MARCH 2019
Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.


Community Development is pleased to announce Wayne Morris as the department's new Deputy Director. Since May 2018, Wayne has been serving as the Interim Deputy Director. After earning his bachelor’s degree in geography at Carleton University in Ottawa, Wayne joined the City of Fremont as an Associate Planner in 2002 and worked his way up to Assistant Planning Manager in 2014. Throughout his career, Wayne's focus has always been major development projects. He has worked on several major projects, including those in the Pacific Commons area and the new Warm Springs/South Fremont area adjacent to the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station.

As Deputy Director, Wayne will oversee Code Enforcement and Plans and Permits (including permitting at the Development Services Center and the Business Ally Program). He will also work closely with the City's Building Official, Planning Manager, and Director to lead the Community Development Department moving forward.

Wayne can be reached by email or by calling 510-494-4729


The City of Fremont is pleased to announce that Fremont residents planning simple upgrades to their home can now obtain the necessary building permits online. The City is encouraging applicants to start using the easier online process. It improves customer flow at the permitting counter, saves time and money, and reduces paper clutter. It’s a win-win for the City and the Fremont community! In addition, as the City streamlines the permitting process for these types of express permits, the option to obtain these permits by fax will no longer be available.

Online express permits are available for the following residential projects:

  • Re-roofing
  • Minor electrical panel upgrades
  • Minor electrical work such as re-wiring or adding circuits
  • Furnace replacement
  • Addition or replacement of an air conditioning unit
  • Water heater replacement 
  • Repair of gas, water, or drainage lines
  • Window or patio door replacement 
  • Non-structural bathroom remodels
  • Non-structural kitchen remodels
To get started, applicants need to submit a building permit application and any supporting documentation by email to The turnaround time for issuance of online express permits is within 1 to 2 business days.

For more detailed information, please visit, email, or call Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460.


The City held a City Council retreat for the newly seated councilmembers in January to discuss how the Council and staff can best work together to serve the Fremont community. This workshop provided an opportunity for councilmembers and executive staff to develop norms and protocols, strengthen Council-staff teamwork, and identify Council priorities for the coming year. At the end of the two-day retreat, the Council came to a consensus on the following priorities for City staff: 

  • Housing/growth management
  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Provide support to neighborhood commercial districts

A report of the retreat summarizing the results is now available at

Over the next several months, staff will be presenting the Council with information and updates on various items that fall within these priority areas. Below is a tentative agenda on when the items will come before the Council:

  • March 19: Capital Improvement Program Work Session 
  • April 2: Housing/Growth Management Work Session
  • April 9: Irvington BART Station Area Plan


We continue to make strides in creating a healthy and sustainable future for Fremont! Last month, the Fremont City Council adopted a resolution to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2045. Additionally, the resolution establishes a Post-Carbon Community Framework for achieving long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Over the next year, the City will conduct extensive community outreach to identify implementation actions. Fremont residents will be encouraged to join the conversation and provide input by attending public meetings, participating in online forums, or sending their ideas directly to For more information, read our City News Brief.


The City of Fremont is launching Phase 6 of the boxART! program and is looking for submissions to transform Fremont’s traffic signal control boxes with compelling and creative imagery. The City is issuing a call for innovative artists to enhance the utility boxes in a dramatic and new way. This is a fantastic opportunity for forward thinking artists to let the community see their work. Hundreds of people will drive or walk by the boxes daily. In addition, photographs of the boxes and the artist’s contact information will be displayed on the City’s website.

  • Eligibility: Bay Area residents
  • Theme: JOY! Phase 6 is a celebration of multiple ideas of JOY! What is joy for you, your family, or your community? How do you express it visually?
  • Stipend: $700, which includes material costs
  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019, by midnight

For more information and to download the application, please visit or email Susan Longini, boxART! Program Manager, at

Use the Citizen Access online tool to access permitting information, request a building inspection, and submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
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