Planning & Land Use Division
Planning & Urban Design
Planning and urban design is the art of placemaking-a multi-faceted approach to the planning, designing and management of land development (or non-development)-which is essential for the orderly evolution of a city or town. Why? Because the built environment has a profound impact on our lives-influencing everything from the way we feel about ourselves to the way we function in our day to day activities! The built environment is; therefore, at the forefront of the human habitat.
With that in mind, the Planning Division is primarily responsible for:
- Working with residents and affected stakeholders in the creation of long-range community plans contained within the City’s Comprehensive Plan
- Writing and amending land use (zoning) regulations that implement the Comprehensive Plan
- Reviewing development proposals (from both the public and private sector) for compliance with the City’s zoning regulations, design guidelines, and the state’s environmental policies
- Assisting the public in understanding and complying with the City’s zoning regulations
- Informing and engaging City residents in certain land-use proposals; coordinating planning actions with other local governments and agencies
- Interacting with the City’s Planning Commission/Design Review Board
In concert with the department’s mission and vision statements, the Planning Division adheres to the following principles:
- That coordinated planning and good urban design is essential to the functionality and livability of the City.
- That citizen participation and stakeholder involvement in long-range City planning efforts is necessary for the successful implementation of those community plans.
- That all citizens are entitled to assistance in understanding City land use plans and regulations as well as assistance in navigating the City’s land use permitting process.
- That all land use applications are processed in a timely, equitable, and consistent manner.
- That good, working relationships between city staff and fellow citizens are essential to the betterment of the City.