PrintPLANNING & ZONING > DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

The Planning Department prepares, updates, and maintains neighborhood and Citywide plans and technical data for the City pursuant to Florida Statues. This division is further divided into four distinct sections: planning, zoning, design and historic preservation.

The planning process involves looking at the city long term and reviewing the land development regulations and comprehensive plan from time to time, suggesting changes to those documents that may be required because of a changing environment. The proposed changes would have to be reviewed by the Planning Board, as the land planning agency of the city, and ultimately by the City Commission. Planning also provides technical administrative support to the Planning Board.

Zoning processes all site and building plans to ensure compliance with local neighborhood zoning designations and recommends zoning variances to the Board of Adjustment.

Design examines all site and building plans to confirm that the designated use is consistent with the surrounding aesthetic character of the community and provides guidance as well as technical administrative support to the Design Review Board and the Joint Design Review Board and Historic Preservation Board.

Historic Preservation prepares reports on historically significant buildings and sites, makes recommendations to the Historic Preservation Board on Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition and recommends historic designation for a district.