Planning Department works to improve residents’ quality of life, from building a vision for healthier neighborhoods to monitoring and guiding changes in the land development. It creates a long-term plan called The General Plan. This is a roadmap for the City’s growth and change over time. It consists of goals and policies that will help the City address topics such as racial and social equity, housing, mobility, safety, climate resilience, and land use.

Planning Departments manage the growth and change of a specific jurisdiction by:
• Engaging in long range planning
• Preserving historic resources
• Enforcing the Planning Code
• Assessing environmental impacts
• Reviewing and adjudicating development applications

Planning department is organized in Commissions (Planning and Historic Preservation) and Divisions (Administration, Citywide Planning, Community Equity, Current Planning, Environmental Planning, Executive Programs, Zoning and Compliance, etc.) .

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