The Planning Department oversees all community planning activities of the city. Department staff facilitates and guides development proposals through the review process and coordinate any approvals with other city departments. Department services include day-to-day administration of the Municipal Zoning Code, implementation of the Comprehensive Master Plan, review of site plans and consideration of land subdivisions. The Department also guides property owners on zoning and development issues and researches answers to planning, zoning, and economic development questions posed by the public. 

The Planning Department also provides development-related staff support to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and primary staff support for the Planning Commission.