The Department advises the City Manager, Planning Commission, and City Council on all physical, economic, and social development matters.

The Planning Department works with citizens and community leaders to build consensus on how the City should develop in both the short term and long term. The Department endeavors to keep the Comprehensive Plan up-to-date and to review all new development proposals to ensure they reflect this vision.

The Planning Department also coordinates land development review activities with various city departments as part of the Development Review Team and processes all applications for zoning map amendments (rezones), Comprehensive Plan amendments, annexations, conditional use and interim use permits, subdivisions, right-of-way vacations, and variance requests.

Finally, the Planning Department is involved in a variety of other efforts including research and the creation of subject-specific/local-area plans and studies.  One of the easiest ways to stay involved is to sign-up for the Planning Commission To receive automatic notifications for monthly Planning Commission items please sign-up here.