Current Planning Vs. Advance Planning Updated: Mar 28, 2024

The Community Development Department serves the general public, applicants, and other County Departments in an efficient and fair manner to ensure consistency with our general plan, zoning and land use requirements mandated by local ordinances, State and Federal law. 

What Is Current Planning?
Current planning involves the review of development projects, including anything from single-family residential additions to new commercial and industrial centers. Projects are reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations, the effect the project will have on the environment, and compatibility with neighboring uses.

What Is Advance Planning?
Advance planning, on the other hand, involves the establishment of regulations and long range plans for land use and development within the City. The type, size, location, and appearance of developments is determined through the advance planning process. In essence, it establishes the objectives and framework under which current planning can effectively occur.

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