The Planning and Development Division is responsible for the implementation of the city's zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, and other ordinances as they pertain to the city's growth and development. The function of the Planning and Development Division includes review and approval of development and/or site plans and ensuring compliance with city ordinances, regulations, and codes. The division’s responsibilities include providing public information to applicants and the evaluation of applications for land subdivision, site development, variances, easements, zoning, and more. The division also makes recommendations regarding applications to the appropriate board or commission, and/or City Council.
The Planning and Development Division is responsible for guiding the city's long range planning efforts and the implementation of the city's comprehensive plan for future growth and development. This department also provides census and demographic information, in addition to growth and development information to the community for projecting population, building, and development trends and impacts. The comprehensive plan establishes guidelines for growth, future land use, transportation, parking, and parks and recreation needs.