Boards and Commissions

The City Council appoints a number of citizen committees, boards and commissions that serve as advisory bodies to the City Council.  These bodies play an essential role in the governance of our city and provide the City Council with important input.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, board, or commission, please contact Randy Groom, City Manager.

Click on a board to learn more about its purpose:
Planning Commission
Downtown Design Review Board

Police Department Special Services

Tulare County Economic Development Corporation

The Tulare County Economic Development Corporation is the regional leader of economic development by attracting, supporting and retaining business and industry for the communities of Tulare County.
Since 1983, the EDC has served as the marketing and business recruitment organization for the communities of Tulare County, locating more than 100 companies and creating over 13,000 new jobs. This activity has resulted in the investment of $350 million dollars in our local economy.
The EDC competes with many other economic development organizations throughout California and the United States. Our ability to provide detailed informational packages, site tours of the region and presentations to their corporate headquarters rests solely on the support of our investors.

Exeter Chamber of Commerce

The Exeter Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization representing all segments of business…working together to carry out what no individual, business or agency could achieve alone. Originally created as the the Exeter Board of Trade, it was named the Exeter Chamber of Commerce in 1921. The Chamber is the back bone of the Exeter Community. To reach the Chamber staff, contact them at  (559) 592-2919, visit their website at exeterchamber.com; or stop by at 101 W. Pine Street , Exeter, CA 93221.

Residents of Exeter

The residents of Exeter enjoy living in a city that has a strong reputation for being the ideal place to live, work, and play. The small town farming community in southern San Joaquin Valley, provides an atmosphere of community not often found today. In the shadow of the landmark water tower, Exeter boasts a scenic beauty, thriving business community, and rich heritage. Exeter is cleaner, safer and more prosperous than most towns in California’s farm belt because people here take care of each other.

Exeter has been the birthplace of artists, authors, two Nevada Governors, business entrepreneurs, baseball greats, and many hard-working residents.

Named “one of America’s prettiest painted places,” Exeter’s buildings are adorned with murals depicting its colorful past. Currently, there are 24 murals, the most recent of which commemorates the city’s centennial.

Exeter boasts a 100-year agricultural history. It is the home of the Emperor grape, a plump, seeded variety of table grapes. Every fall, the residents come together for the Emperor Grape Festival, enjoying a parade, entertainment, great food, and the company of other residents. The Fall festival is one of many annual events held in Exeter.
The downtown streets are lined with vibrant small businesses including antique stores, specialty shops, services, restaurants, book stores, all locally owned.

Exeter’s public school system is dedicated to academic excellence and quality education. And after school, kids from high school flood the streets to get ice cream and stacks at the Frosty King and participate in a variety of sports activities at one of the city’s parks.

Planning and Building

Planning Division

Exeter’s Planning Department works to ensure that Exeter is a well-planned community.  The Department is charged with carrying out both short and long-term planning programs.

Short-term planning activities include the processing of various planning permits, including Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Parcel Maps, Subdivisions and Annexations.  In this function, the Department administers the Exeter Zoning Ordinance and the General Plan.

Long-term planning efforts consist of preparing and amending Exeter’s General Plan and its associated elements including land use, circulation, housing, open space, recreation, noise and safety, among others.  The Department also prepares environmental reports on projects.

The City of Exeter contracts with the consulting firm of Collins & Schoettler, Planning Consultants for planning services.  Mr. Collins can be reached at 559.592.5558 in Exeter or at 559.734.8737 at his office in Visalia.  Mr. Collins’ email address is greg@weplancities.com

Planning Documents Available Online:

 

Building Division

The City of Exeter contracts with the County of Tulare for building permit processing including plan check and inspection.  The county is charged with providing for life safety and the safeguard of property through the enforcement of the Uniform Building Code, the National Electric Code, the Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code.

The codes intend to express reasonable minimum standards of construction upon the building public through a program of rigorous enforcement.

Before commencing construction, repair or making any major alterations, please confer with the Tulare County Building Department to make certain that the project conforms to current building and zoning codes and that the proper permits are obtained.

The County Building Department cannot legally design, redesign or perform structural calculations for construction projects.  The services of a licensed architect, structural or civil engineer may be required for certain projects.  You may contact the Tulare County Building Department by calling 559.624.7000 or visit 5961 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA.