Planning & Community Development

Planning Department
The Planning and Community Development Department (Planning Department) is established to advise the city Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council on how best to preserve and protect the existing residential and business communities.

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.

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.