The planning staff work on ordinances and projects that will help the city meet its long term goals. Long range planning helps shape future development and growth within the city, ensuring that zones and ordinances allow for uses and densities to be located in the proper areas of the city.
The planners that work on current development projects focus their attention on ensuring that projects proposed today meet the guidelines and ordinances that are in the current code. These planners work with the developer and other city departments during the departmental review and approval phase as well as the public hearing phase (if necessary). They follow the project from beginning to end to make sure that what gets built is the same as what was approved.