About the Department
The Department guides the City’s future physical and economic development. The department focuses on two areas: Planning Services including: Long-Range Planning, Development Management, and Urban Redevelopment. Development Services including: Land Development, Plans Review, Permits, and Inspections.
Staff also provides support to the Planning and Zoning, Board of Zoning Adjustment, City Plan Commission, Building & Fire Code Board of Appeals, Development Review Committee and Historic Preservation Commission.
The City Planning and Development Department is instrumental in oversight of the Building and Rehabilitation Code, the Zoning and Development Code and other codes and ordinances. The department is involved with a number of ongoing initiatives in planning and development. These initiatives include FOCUS, area plans, historic register, downtown streetcar transportation development district TDD, Brownfields and more.
Also available is the Downtown Streetcar Development & Investment Guide aimed to foster the revitalization and redevelopment of the districts served. Services for project review permits and inspections, contractor licensing are available.
All of the divisions offer walk-in services and appointments can be scheduled by calling the main number at 816-513-1500. The Codes Question Line provides information from our plan examiners at 816-513-1511 or email email@example.com. The 24-hour Inspections Hotline is available for applicants to submit information to schedule inspections at 816-513-1500. Follow our calendar to find upcoming meetings.
Applications, forms and information can also be found by word search at the department’s document library.
City Planning and Development Divisions
Administration: The Administration division provides support and resources for the department to reach its’ goals. The division includes finance, human resources, customer service, economic development and special projects.
Long-Range Planning: The Long-Range Planning (formerly Citywide Planning) division includes long-range planning, historic preservation, demographic research and communication. The division works with property owners, developers, neighborhood groups, community agencies and local businesses to develop the City’s 18 geographic areas into area plans and maintain the comprehensive plan of the City.
Development Management: The Development Management division is responsible for providing staff support to the City Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment, reviewing plans and making recommendations to those groups regarding land use issues for current projects and performing inspections of advertising signs and investigations of complaints regarding land-use violations.
Urban Redevelopment: The Urban Redevelopment division staff works directly with citizens, developers, and development agencies to assist, fund, and manage projects from the planning stage to project completion. The group also administers the Lien Waiver Program.
Land Development: The Land Development division is involved in the development of land from start to finish. The division focuses on addressing a project’s impacts, as well as, the number of land parcels, streets, storm sewers, storm water management, conveyance systems, sanitary sewers, streetlights, street signals, erosion and sediment control.
Plans Review: The Plans Review division reviews plans for construction, renovation or remodeling of buildings and building systems. Staff works with property owners, contractors and designers directly by answering questions and finding resolutions to assure compliance within the building code.
Permits: The Permits division issues construction related permits, zoning determinations and clearances and conformance verification letters for lending institutions. The division processes applications related to construction permits and oversees contractor licensing.
Inspections: The Inspections division is the primary field enforcement for the department for all permitted construction activity on private property. The majority of inspections are performed in response to related building permits. Investigations are performed in response to a complaint. The inspections include various aspects of building construction including; framing, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and elevators.