The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the administration of all planning, development and environmental activities in the City.
The department is divided into three offices:
Coordinate planning functions for the City
Serve as staff to the Planning Board and help property owners and developers navigate the Planning Board review process
Organize, direct and coordinate the gathering and analysis of social, economic and engineering data necessary or useful in the conduct of planning and developmental activities
What is planning?
Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.
Good planning helps communities envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. Want to know more? Check out the American Planning Association's page on what planning is, who planners are, and what planners do.