Planning is in charge of keeping an updated Comprehensive Plan that is the written document setting out policies and recommendations for future growth and development of the city. The Comprehensive Plan includes information on existing conditions and trends in the city, goals and objectives for the future, and recommended ways for achieving these goals. It is an advisory document. State law requires that zoning and development or subdivision regulations be based on the Comprehensive Plan.
Zoning consists of a whole body of regulations that are intended to coordinate land development for current and future needs of the city. The regulations include the zoning map, land use chart, dimensional regulations, definitions, permitted uses and other regulations pertaining to the various zoning districts. Variances, land use plan amendments, rezoning, conditional and special use permits and re-occupancy are also handled by the Planning and Zoning Division.
The existing land use and zoning on a particular property can be found on the city’s website home page by simply clicking on the “property search” link. The city’s code of ordinances can also be accessed on line at www.municode.com.
The Planning and Zoning Division staff will gladly answer your questions and assist you with processing applications for your various needs.