The City Planning and Development Department guides the City’s future physical and economic development. The department focuses on two areas: Planning Services: Long-Range Planning & Preservation, Development Management, and Urban Redevelopment; and Development Services: 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 Hotline, for building and construction related questions, is staffed daily from 8am to 5pm at 816-513-1511 or you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 24-hour Inspections Hotline is available for applicants to submit information to schedule inspections at 816-513-1500.
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 division includes Long Range Planning, Historic Preservation, Demographic Research and Communication. The Historic Preservation group oversees nominations to the City and National Register of Historic Places; as well as, facilitating the Landmarks Commission. The demographic research group uses tailored U.S. Census data to meet customer requests. The Long Range Planning group works with property owners, developers, neighborhood groups, community agencies and local businesses to develop Area Plans for the City’s 18 geographic areas while maintaining the City’s comprehensive plan.
Development Management: The Development Management division provides staff support to the City Plan Commission (CPC) and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), and makes recommendations to the groups regarding land use issues for current projects. The Division also houses the Development Compliance Branch which ensures public welfare and safety through the enforcement of codes and ordinances. The branch’s responsibility includes land use and development compliance, floodplain violations and processing of Certificate of Legal Non-Conformance applications.
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 and its technical articles, the Zoning Ordinance, and the Floodplain Ordinance. Additionally, the Division evaluates code modification requests submitted by designers.
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.