Community Planning

Tackling Challenges & Improving Quality of Life

Communities face challenges daily. By identifying and anticipating those challenges, communities are able to enhance the quality of life, promote economic activity and preserve the environment. Through the planning process, City staff is able to engage with the public to identify and analyze existing conditions, anticipate challenges, and develop strategies to enhance or improve upon them.

In addition, the Community Planning Division conducts research in order to provide good information with which the City Council and Administration may make well-informed decisions.

Division Services & Responsibilities

The Community Planning Division monitors the State’s Growth Management Act to ensure that the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan and community plans are consistent with them. The Community Planning Division not only investigates and implements best practices in the planning field, but also ensures that various programs are in compliance with state and federal laws.

Grants writing and administration are another important part of the Community Planning Division. The Community Planning Division is also responsible, in conjunction with the Building Development Division, for floodplain management.

The Community Planning Division is responsible for floodplain management with help from the Building Development Division. The City is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and participates in the Community Rating System (CRS) which makes the community eligible for reduced flood insurance rates. The CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment.

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