The Community Development Department is comprised of four divisions – Planning, Engineering, Transportation and Mobility, and Building Standards.
The Planning Division works with citizens, business owners, and community leaders to regulate the City’s zoning and property maintenance code to meet the City’s master and development plans.
The Planning Division completes the development process by responding to proposals and working with developers and residents.
The Planning Division prepares staff reports concerning development applications and presents to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, and occasionally attends Council meetings to discuss zoning and development proposals. Those looking for building permit applications, property inspections, sign and fence permits, or to report a zoning violation should contact the Planning Division.
The Engineering Division is dedicated to assuring conformance to all engineering, development and planning standards for new developments in the City. Engineering provides services such as plan review for capital utility projects (storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water lines) and private development engineering plans; administration and management of capital improvement programs pertaining to City owned utility infrastructure; issuance and inspection of all public right-of-way permits; administration of professional service and construction contracts for capital improvement projects pertaining to City utilities; construction inspection for all private development and public improvement projects; management of all City construction records; and all engineering and planning functions required by the City.
TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY DIVISION
The Transportation and Mobility Division is responsible for transportation planning, traffic engineering, traffic safety, and administration of capital transportation projects and programs. The Division provides services such as traffic, mobility, and safety studies; management of capital transportation projects from design through construction; and engineering oversight of traffic control devices including traffic signals, traffic signs, pavement markings, pedestrian beacons, and school zone flashing lights. The Transportation and Mobility Division provides support to the Planning Division and Engineering Division for transportation components of private development projects. The Division establishes and maintains engineering standards, best practices, and guidelines for streets, sidewalks, shared-use paths, trails, curb ramps, and traffic control devices in public right-of-way and easements.
BUILDING STANDARDS DIVISION
The Building Standards Division is dedicated to ensuring public safety through the adoption of both state and local construction codes and standards. Within the parameters of those codes, the Building Standards Division issues permits to construct and approved plans and provides on-site inspections.
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