PLANNING Administration: Provides assistance to the community in development and permit review processes; develops and carries out plans in strategic locations and provides general information to decision makers and the public to support quality growth throughout the city. Carries out the adopted Comprehensive Plan, redevelopment plans, and other small area plans to ensure high quality growth and focused development for the community. Administers, enforces, interprets, and amends land development codes and the local Historic Preservation Program. Processes subdivisions, annexation petitions, street closings and other actions as requested. Provides necessary staff support for the Zoning Commission, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Redevelopment Commission, and other appointed bodies. This program also includes the administration of two Municipal Service Districts. Community Development: The primary purpose of the division is to support economic development efforts that create jobs and increase capital investment that result in a higher quality of life. Community Development will be used to support the following programs: - Promote City Council's continuing focus on a more formalized approach to small and emerging businesses in partnership with the local assistance community. - Respond to economic development opportunities that arise during the year. - Provide ongoing support of outside non-profit agencies in an effort to stimulate the local economy. Historic Preservation: Provides administrative support to the Historic Preservation Commission and manages the Historic District Program and the Heritage Community Program. Manages the Municipal Service District program in the College Hill and Dunleath Historic Districts. Maintains the City’s Inventory of Historic Resources and reviews federally funded or licensed projects that may impact historic properties. Economic Development and Business Support: Provides oversight and staffing support of City economic development activities specifically related to business recruitment, business retention and expansion, strategic planning, urban development projects and site readiness, and community partner and small business support services. Zoning Enforcement: The Zoning Enforcement section of the Planning Department is charged with ensuring the City’s Land Development Ordinance is followed in terms of land use and development regulations.

Actual 2019-20

Budget 2020-21

Adopted 2021-22



Expenditures by Program Administration Community Development

2,291,962 1,800,330

2,215,148 1,605,799

2,216,977 1,380,330

2,364,923 1,600,330

Economic Development and Business Support


664,528 136,591 241,514



187,284 260,490

Historic Preservation Zoning Enforcement

178,604 246,361

190,930 268,565






Adopted 2021-22 Budget


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