The Comprehensive Planning Division directs the formation of and ensures the adherence to the City's Capital budget and comprehensive plans. This includes, but is not limited to directing the INSPIRE program, urban renewal plans, community based planning initiatives, transit oriented development, and the Capital Improvement Program. Working closely with private citizens, neighborhood/community based organizations, and non-profits to ensure that sound planning principles are being applied, the Comprehensive Planning Division incorporates a variety of planning disciplines including land use, environmental planning, transportation planning, and community planning to ensure that the City is provided with realistic, implementable plans.
Comprehensive Planners within this section are assigned to geographic sections (planning districts). Each planner is intimately involved in, and aware of, the Capital Improvement Program and its role in implementing the plans developed through this Division. Comprehensive Planners in the Division provide services such as:
- Developing neighborhood plans, urban renewal plans and plan amendments in collaboration with community stakeholders and agency representatives.
- Coordinating appropriate community review of development plans, zoning appeals, and planning-related City Council bills.
- Developing a capital budget and six-year capital improvement program (CIP) annually, by reviewing capital improvement requests and making recommendations about the placement, reuse, or closing of facilities.
- Developing the City's loan authorization program.