Community/Legislative Planning
The mission of the Planning and Development Department is to help facilitate the orderly development of the City as well as to assist the general public in obtaining necessary development approvals.

Planning and Development Department will continue to assist all developers and citizens through the processes of annexation, platting, and zoning, as well as the review of site plans, conditional use permits, and variances. The Department will act as staff for the Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and will be responsible for setting agendas for these committees as well as compiling and analyzing information for committee action. The Department will also act as staff for the Comprehensive Planning process. In addition, the Department will be responsible for operating the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) which is used extensively to produce maps for various uses throughout the City.

The Department of Planning and Development provides staff support to the following bodies:

The Department of Planning and Development also provides support and resources for:

In addition to these above items, the Department of Planning and Development is involved in a variety of other city planning and land-use regulation activities, such as:

The Department of Planning and Community Development will be working on the following matters during 2005 and beyond: