Economic Development

Keep Newark strong and vital to this community by promoting the SHOP NEWARK CAMPAIGN and learn how important it is to stay, play and shop in Newark!

Why It's Smart to do Business in Newark

Newark is a thriving home for many smart and successful businesses. Located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay on 13 square miles near the water, Newark represents a diverse, bustling economy at the gateway to some of the world's most affluent markets. Newark is in the direct growth path converging from the north and south. Small town values remain, but lower housing and development costs, close proximity to skilled workforce and universities, a regionally strategic location, available land zoned for industrial use, and the offer of expeditious processing of development applications, make Newark a prime site for the new growth industries of the 21st Century.

Development Assets

Many of California's largest and fastest-growing companies are located in Newark for good reasons! We encourage you to examine closely how well Newark works for businesses. After careful examination, we think you'll want to join us here. Your first step should be to contact our ombudsman for new businesses, Clay Colvin. Clay is the City's Planning Manager and can get you the answers to your development questions. Give Clay at call at 510-578-4242 or e-mail at clay.colvin@newark.org.

Whether your project requires a Conditional Use Permit, Architectural and Site Plan Review, Joint Staff Committee Review or a Special Civic Review, it will be handled quickly and efficiently. If you'd like, you can view a typical project timeline for each of these reviews. If you're not certain what type of review your project will require, contact Clay Colvin, Planning Manager, at 510-578-4242 or via e-mail at clay.colvin@newark.org.

Demographic Information including:

  • Mean Household Income
  • Housing Statistics
  • Latest Census Information

Traffic Counts

Preliminary Plan Review

Development Impact Fees

The City of Newark has four development impact fees: Public Safety, Community Facilities, Transportation, and Housing. For information about the amounts of each fee and which fees are applicable to your project, please call Roxanne Muller at 510-578-4330.