PLANNING & ZONING
Current Planning staff reviews land-use applications and related development permits for compliance with federal, state, and City regulations. With strong emphasis in the City’s economic development policies, current planning staff closely monitors the relationship between development permits and economic growth. The Current Planning division also closely monitors related ordinances for enforcement of environmental quality, wetland, and tree regulations. Current planning staff frequently participates in strategic implementation plans at the direction of the Council for specific planning projects. Implementation of strategic plans frequently leads to additional site design review standards. Accelerated commercial construction and rehabilitation/re-development has increased the emphasis on design review of projects.
Current Planning staff administers all land-use permit applications and provides support and recommendations to the Site Plan Review Committee and Hearings Examiner. Current planning staff also facilitates pre-submission conferences.