Staff of the planning and zoning department coordinates with surrounding local governments as well as regional, state and federal agencies to ensure that the city's planning, zoning and development policies and practices are contemporary, progressive and well-informed.
The division administers the comprehensive plan; zoning, subdivision and land development regulations; sign and advertising structure regulations; and conservation programs, including trees and native vegetation regulations. The department also administers several grants, including the Community Development Block Grant, and various economic redevelopment initiatives.
Additionally, planning and zoning staff works closely with staff from the building, public works and public utilities departments to review applications for various types of development permits. Staff is available to provide procedural information to the public and support to the community development board and the city commission.