Director of Community Development
Amy Lyle - Director of Community Development
Amy Lyle joined the Town of Corte Madera in September 2023. Prior to working for the Town she worked for the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma primarily managing long range planning teams and policy projects. She has also worked in private consulting and for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Her work has included the County of Sonoma’s 2009 General Plan Update, climate action and adaption planning, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, cannabis regulations and program development, health and equity planning, 10 years managing the County of Sonoma’s mining program, multiple Specific Plans, the City of Santa Rosa’s 6th Cycle Housing Element, and Santa Rosa’s General Plan Update (still in progress).
Amy graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning. Her work on the Santa Rosa Downtown Station Area Specific Plan was recognized by the American Planning Association, California Chapter, with an Award for Excellence in 2022. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Amy was raised in Kansas and moved to California after going to college in North Carolina. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two children, and among other community-oriented activities, serves on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa, Class 39.
About the Department of Community Development
The Department of Community Development, previously the Planning and Building Department, was created by the Corte Madera Town Council in February 2023 to be consistent with what other municipalities have done over the past several years. The Town created the Department of Community Development as local communities have focused more time and effort on future growth and development with an eye towards improving economic sustainability and administering housing policy for their communities. The Department of Community Development handles topics related to planning, building, zoning, housing programs, code enforcement and economic development.
The Building Division reviews building permit applications and plans for compliance with State and local building codes including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency. The department also provides inspection and code enforcement services for all building related construction.
The Planning Division is responsible for land use planning, implementation and maintenance of the Zoning Ordinance and General Plan, and facilitating the land use application review process, including staffing for the Planning Commission.