Engineering Services

The mission of Engineering Services is to provide quality engineering and technical support in a professional and efficient manner for City of Orinda residents and city departments.

City Engineer Responsibilities


The City Engineer is responsible for:
  • ADA Compliance in accordance with city standards and good engineering practices.
  • Administration of the Capital Improvement Program
  • Design, Construction, and Administration of Public Infrastructure Improvement Projects
  • Stormwater Management, Drainage, and Erosion Control Plans
  • Technical Review of Development Applications
  • Traffic Management
Engineering Services provides and maintains quality professional engineering services in a courteous, timely and cost-effective way.

ADA Compliance


Engineering services ensures all programs, services, and activities provided by the City of Orinda are accessible to people with disabilities.


Capital Improvement Program


Engineering Services prepares the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and implements the program by producing designs, plans, and specifications and managing construction of the improvements.

The CIP, updated on an annual basis, addresses the City's infrastructure needs and includes:
  • Drainage
  • Parks
  • Pavement Improvements
  • Streets

Archive


To see the current and past Capital Improvement Programs, please refer to the Capital Improvement Program Archive.


Design and Construction Administration of Public Infrastructure Improvement Projects


Engineering Services manages design and construction of CIP projects funded on a continuous basis, through:
  • Gas Tax
  • The General Fund
  • Measure C
  • TFCA,

Stormwater Management & Erosion Control Plans


Engineering Services ensures that the City is in compliance with the standards of the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits (NPDES). For more information visit our Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Plans pages.

Drainage Plans


Engineering Services ensures that Article 2, Chapter 18.03 of the Orinda Municipal Code (Watercourse Alteration Permit, also knowns as Drainage Permit) is enforced. The City coordinates with the Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department, which issues drainage and grading permits to the City of Orinda.

Does your project require a Drainage or Grading permit? Refer to the Drainage/Grading Permit Process (PDF) (PDF).

Technical Review of Development Applications


Through the application of engineering reviews pursuant to standards of the industry, Engineering Services ensures that new development in the City proceeds in a manner that is consistent with the City's regulations and that impacts to existing infrastructure are mitigated.

Traffic Management


This program encompass engineering activities directed at managing and regulating the flow of vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic within the public right-of-way. This includes the collection of speed data, traffic-calming measures, and traffic engineering analysis for placement of stop signs and speed limit signs. For more information refer to our Traffic & Roadway Signs page.