Planning & Community Development

Planning Department


The Planning and Community Development (Planning) Department is established to advise the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council on how best to implement the City’s adopted Plans. The Planning Department is also responsible for administering the City’s adopted ordinances relating to Zoning, Subdivision, Signage, and other land use regulations. Through the administration of such ordinances, the Planning Department hopes to plan and guide the development, redevelopment and growth of the City, and to encourage high standards of architectural, site, traffic, and landscape design, and to encourage public participation.

The Planning Department is also responsible for code enforcement within the City limits, ensuring all properties are kept in a manner, which reflects the high standards of our community and in compliance with the Ellisville Property Maintenance Code and other applicable ordinances. The Planning Department conducts inspections on a complaint basis throughout the City and works closely with property owners and residents towards resolution of violations, and issues summons to the Municipal Court.


Administering City Ordinances


The Planning Department is also responsible for administering the city’s adopted ordinances relating to zoning, subdivision, signage, and other land use regulations. Through the administration of such ordinances, the Planning Department hopes to plan and guide the development, redevelopment, and growth of the city, and to encourage high standards of architectural, site, traffic, and landscape design, and to encourage public participation.

CAD & GIS


Additionally, the Planning Department provides computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) management for the city.

About the Director


The City Planner position serves as the Planning and Zoning Administrator and provides zoning information to developers and citizens on a daily basis. The City Planner serves as the staff liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. The City Planner makes recommendations to the City Manager, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Board of Adjustment regarding zoning, subdivisions, conditional use permits, variance issues and other land use legislation.