The Planning Department is responsible for reviewing all development applications for areas within the City and its two-mile extra-territorial zoning jurisdiction (ETJ). This includes applications for changes of zone, subdivisions, special use permits, conditional use permits, street and alley vacations, redevelopment plans, and text amendments to either the Zoning Ordinance or the Subdivision Regulations. The Department is also responsible for flood plain management—ensuring that all local, state and federal regulations are followed when development is proposed within the 100-year flood plain.
The Planning Department also plays a role in the issuance of building permits. All building permit applications—for both residential and commercial construction—are reviewed by the Planning Department for compliance with the City’s design standards as well as other applicable zoning regulations, including landscaping, parking, and setback requirements. Additionally, all sign permits are approved through the Planning Department.