Community Development

The Community Development Department is charged with ensuring the City of Hughson remains and strives to be an increasingly safe, attractive and thriving community and to enhance the overall quality of life in the community. The functions of Planning, Economic Development, Public Works, Building, Parks and Recreation as well as Code Enforcement are assumed in the Community Development Department.

The role of the Department is to move the community toward the vision established in the General Plan and other planning documents. The Department establishes and helps to implement policies and goals to provide for the orderly and attractive growth of the community. The Department also works with new and existing residents on Building Permit and Code Enforcement issues to ensure the quality of the
community is maintained. Staff coordinates activities to ensure that all applicable codes and laws are implemented and that the directives of the City Council are carried out.

A primary goal of the department, in the Public Works area, is to ensure the public’s health and safety. The Department designs, maintains, improves, operates and repairs the City’s infrastructure including water, sewer and storm drain systems as well as its equipment, vehicles, buildings, parks and streets, in the most cost effective manner possible while planning to meet the needs of the future.

Another primary goal is neighborhood preservation and downtown revitalization/redevelopment. The City is making strides in improving the downtown, one area at a time and is looking to secure a full service grocery store in the City. To continue to beautify all parts of the City, the City has increased its proactiveness in Code Enforcement, working to improve the aesthetic quality and safety of all neighborhoods.


JAYLEN FRENCH, Community Development Director

Phone: (209) 883.4054
Email: jfrench@hughson.org

Jaylen French joined the City of Hughson in May 2014 as the Community Development Director. Prior to his time with the City, Mr. French worked for the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) as the lead planner on several large regional planning efforts. His first work experience was on the private side of development as a planning consultant for residential and commercial developers throughout the Central Valley. This has provided diverse experience and knowledge of the planning issues in the Stanislaus County region.

Mr. French was raised in Modesto where he graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School. He then went onto receive a Bachelor of Arts in City and Regional Planning (CRP) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Mr. French is married to his wife Maria, who works for E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto. They have two (2) young children, Athan and Ava.