Planning & Zoning


Purpose
The Planning and Zoning Department provides assistance and direction in the development of the community and in maintaining the built environment according to the standards set by City Council through the enforcement of the city’s development regulations. Planning Department staff serve as advisers to the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and citizens in understanding and dealing with development-related issues.

Staffing
Currently the department is comprised of 6 full-time positions:
  • Planning Director
  • City Planner
  • Associate City Planner
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Planning Technician
  • Planning Secretary
The department’s responsibilities fall within 2 main categories, which are planning and zoning administration and long-range and special project planning.

Planning & Zoning Administration
The Planning and Zoning Administration function is the conduit through which all development applications are processed and all development codes are enforced. It is through this function that staff ensures that development proposals adhere to city regulations and meet sound planning principles.

Applications to the Planning Commission for zoning amendments, planned unit developments, subdivisions and conditional uses as well as variance applications for the Board of Zoning Appeals are coordinated by the Planning Director, City Planner, and Associate Planner.

The Code Enforcement Officer verifies compliance to city regulations through post-approval inspections of all development, and maintains minimum maintenance standards for all structures and premises through the enforcement of the Property Maintenance Code. The Secretary and Planning Technician provide administrative support to the entire department.

Long-Range & Special Project Planning
The long-range and special project planning activities of the department, coordinated by the Director, City Planner, and Associate Planner, involve providing professional planning services and technical assistance in the development of plans and regulations for the future growth of the city. These projects establish the vehicle to achieve the preferred future vision for the city as articulated by citizens and elected officials.