The Planning Department provides planning and environmental review assistance to the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and Public Arts Committee. The department also provides services to citizen committees, the City's residents and the real estate, development and construction industries. This service is divided into two primary functions. Current planning includes receiving and processing all applications for land use permits, subdivision and other development permits, preparing staff reports for the appropriate City boards and commissions and performing inspections to assure compliance with zoning and other planning regulations. This role includes preparation of necessary environmental documents as required by State and City law and policies.
Advance planning includes preparation of long-range planning documents, special studies, policy development, and preparation of municipal ordinances relating to a range of topics.
The Department is also responsible for parks planning.