Community Development Department staff assist the City’s elected and appointed officials in their decision making by administering the application and review process, making technical and professional judgments, and providing information. In addition, some development applications are approved by the Community Development Director.
The power to enact zoning and subdivision regulations has been granted to cities and counties by the state enabling legislation. These statutes require the participation of three separate bodies in the process of administering the regulations: the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Board of Aldermen. In addition, the Historic Preservation Commission plays an important role in development and redevelopment occurring in the City’s Residential Historic District and Main Street Conservation District.
- Works with other City departments and the community to evaluate needs that might be filled by applying for grant funds through the state and federal government
- Work with other City departments, developers, real estate professionals, commercial bankers, builders and others on new development and redevelopment projects
- Works with the citizens to recognize homeowners who maintain their property through the Yard of the Month Award
- Works with the Planning Commission, the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Historic Preservation Commission to ensure that all development and building activities adhere to the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Regulations, the Comprehensive Plan and any other provisions of the City Code of Laws
- Work with citizens and other individuals that currently or desire to run a business out of their home (a Home Occupation) to ensure that the owner knows and understands the rules, obtains all the required permits and inspections
- Working with community organizations, such as the Downtown Association, to improve the quality of the built environment