Planning Department

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The mission of the Planning Department is to facilitate the physical growth and development of the City in a sustainable manner that reflects its unique and vibrant character. To accomplish this, we manage long-range plans that reflects the needs and desires of the community, develop ordinances and policies that effectively implement these plans, and thoroughly process and review land development proposals and applications. We work closely with land developers and builders to ensure compliance with all City codes, ordinances, and policies. In doing so, we help to establish safe and attractive residential neighborhoods and businesses.

  1. Articles of Interest
  1. Revealed: Plans for Makeover of the World's Busiest Bus Terminal

    The Port Authority Bus Terminal, described as the busiest bus terminal in the world, is due for a makeover, due to its "ragged" appearance and importance to the economy of the New York and New Jersey.

  2. Are U.S. Homeless Worse Off Than India's Poor?

    In photographs and written observations of a recent trip to Mumbai, India, former SPUR Director Jim Chappell queries how the lives of the poorest people there compare to the lives of low-income Americans.

  3. From April to May in L.A.: From a Green New Deal to Transit Service Cuts

    Can Los Angeles convince drivers to cut the number of automobile trips in half while also transit frequency on several light rail lines?

  4. The Cities With the Most Homeless Students

    Analysis of homelessness data for school-aged youth in U.S. cities.