The Planning Department exists to guide physical, economic, and social development efforts and administer related City ordinances fairly.

Department responsibilities are carried out under the direction of the Planning Commission, City Council, appointed boards and commissions, and the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Department endeavors to respect the overall views and interests of the community and people who are impacted by specific projects or changes.

The Department is actively involved in updating the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, Brownfields, the Renaissance Zone, VISTA programs, economic development, code enforcement, and the National Disaster Resilience Program.

Planning Department Goals and Objectives: