Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Division works with community members to create long-term plans for what our city can look like in the future while making sure that our neighborhoods and commercial corridors are designed to support residents, visitors, workers, and businesses. 

Urban Planners do this through three main functions: planning, zoning, and commission support work.

Planning

Planning creates blueprints for what our city can look like in the future. This focuses on the big picture of how we use the spaces where we live and work. 

See the plans the Planning and Zoning Division has created under Planning Initiatives

Zoning

The city's Zoning Code controls the location, size, and building materials of fences, buildings, garages, and homes. It also controls what is allowed in different parts of the city. For example, a large factory cannot be located in the middle of a residential area. 

Zoning Verification and Transfer Certificate

Before a multifamily or mixed-use (residential and commercial) property can transfer to a new owner, the use must be verified. Submit a Zoning Verification and Transfer Permit (PDF). This verifies for the buyer that the number of units is legal.

Commissions

The Planning and Zoning Division staff provide their knowledge and support to three commissions staffed by community members who volunteer their time to provide input and accountability.