Planning is one of the responsibilities of the community development department. The department administers Municipal Code Chapter 253 Floodplain Zoning and Chapter 255 Zoning as they relate to planning issues.

The department generally has the following duties:

  • advise individuals regarding contents of the chapters
  • issue permits as required
  • conduct inspections of land, buildings or structures
  • maintain documentation of issues addressed
  • maintain ordinances
  • process paperwork for developments and subdivisions
  • preserve and protect the existing character of the neighborhoods
  • review development and redevelopment to provide orderly growth and the availability of necessary public services and utilities
  • maintain and update the Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
  • Comprehensive Plan Update 2019 (PDF)

The plan commission oversees the functions of the community development and planning departments. The plan commission also reviews and advises the Common Council on all proposed amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 253 Floodplain Zoning and Chapter 255 Zoning, maps and text. The community development director serves as secretary to the plan commission.