Planning Division

The Planning Division of the Community Development Department acts as the principal technical source of assistance to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals in carrying out their duties in accordance with State Enabling Legislation.

Responsibilities


It is the responsibility of the Planning Division to coordinate site plan reviews, and interpret and enforce the Zoning and other general ordinances of the City. This is done in accordance with its duty of providing administrative and technical assistance to both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Planning Commission


The Community Development Director serves as the administrative liaison to the Planning Commission. The Commission is required, by State Enabling Legislation, to prepare and adopt a Master Land Use Plan Executive Summary (PDF) and Complete Study (PDF) (High-speed connection recommended).

The Planning Division provides the technical and professional assistance necessary for the creation of the plan, including any successive amendments. As master land use plans generally entail a long range planning projection of between 15 to 20 years, continual review and maintenance is required by both the Planning Commission and the Planning Division. The Master Land Use Plan guides the physical development of the City as it relates to uses of land, public and quasi-public facilities, transportation systems, and utilities.

Zoning Ordinance


The Division is also responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, and other Ordinances. Sign compliance, quality of life, and certain annual inspections are also conducted by this division.

The Division reviews plans for compliance with community standards that have been implemented in the Code of Ordinances. Development plans for industrial, commercial, and residential units are reviewed for height limitations, building setback, site density, and parking accommodations.

Zoning Board of Appeals


The Deputy Community Development Director serves as liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This Board has specific powers and duties as provided in the Zoning Ordinance (PDF). The ZBA is a quasi-judicial body, and serves as the only body at the municipal level to hear appeals on zoning issues including requests for variances from ordinance requirements, ordinance interpretations, appeals of administrative decisions, and use variances .