Economic Development

Economic development is the dynamic process of attracting private investment to keep the community vibrant. It means making Westminster a place you love to live, or at least visit, and involves a wide range of activities that span all City departments in one form or another. Some current examples of economic development efforts include:

  • Creation of the Westminster Mall Specific Plan to help reinvigorate the site and attract new stores and patrons;
  • Shepherding the Bolsa Row development through the permit process to facilitate a high quality hotel, event space, new housing, and retail;
  • Development of affordable housing that provides safe and reasonably priced housing for families and individuals, who then in turn are able to participate in the local economy;
  • Creation of the City's first Parks Master Plan to attract and retain residents with these critical community assets;
  • Retention and attraction of retailers through direct outreach and indirect networking;
  • Social media and other transparency measures to inform and engage the community; and
  • New landscaping, signage, and utility undergrounding along major corridors to attract private investment and encourage businesses to locate in these areas.

Please contact Alexa Smittle at with questions or comments.

Economic Development Action Task Force

The Economic Development Action Task Force was born of the 2016 General Plan, and is currently comprised of members of the former General Plan Advisory Committee. The EDATF provides feedback and recommendations on economic development initiatives and projects throughout the city, in accordance with the General Plan's Implementation Plan found here. Meetings are typically held on a quarterly basis, and all are welcome to attend.