The Planning Department is responsible for implementation of the Land Use Code, which involves the processing of Land Use Applications. The Land Use Code addresses a wide variety of topics ranging from affordable housing to signage, design criteria, and open space. Land Use Applications include a variety of land use or development requests, such as zone changes, subdivisions, commercial developments, and conditional use permits.
The Planning Department processes all development applications through:
The Planning Staff coordinates other City departments' review of projects as they are submitted. The Staff also provides direct assistance to Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The Planning Department maintains and updates the City's Zoning/Development Code, the official Zoning and Future Land Use maps, and the City's General Plan. The Planning Department conducts long-range planning for future growth in the City. Long Range Planning includes more "big picture" projects that usually involve public engagement.