The Community Development's Planning and Zoning Division has 2 major areas of responsibility: Planning and Floodplain Administration.
The Planning Division interprets the zoning code, updates and provides city maps (with various information such as zoning designations, ward divisions, annexations, etc.), and revises the Future Land Use Plan based on major changes in public and private sector investment.
The Planning Division reviews the site plans of any new buildings or additions for zoning compliance. This includes regulations such as setbacks from property lines, maximum coverage of lots, provision of required parking, etc. Commercial buildings and any buildings in the city's historic district are also reviewed architecturally. Signs are also reviewed for design as well as for maximum size and height. Proposed subdivisions are reviewed for compliance with the design standards for minimum lot area, lot width, and lot depth within a specific zoning district.
Several boards and commissions are supported by staff members from the Planning Division. These include: