Planning Department Phone Directory
Land Development planners review subdivisions, rezonings, and other applications related to the zoning code, guide applicants through the development process, and write staff reports advising the Planning Commission. The Development Finance Officer processes performance bonds and letters of credit. The front counter accepts applications and answers zoning and subdivision questions.
Long Range Planning
Planners in the Long Range Planning Division work across disciplines to implement the city's vision. There are three sections: Community Plans, Design Studio, and Multimodal Transportation Planning
Design Studio and Community Plans
Multimodal Transportation Planning and Programming
Multimodal Transportation planners and engineers work with the Metro Public Works Division of Transportation (MDOT) to develop and implement the city’s transportation vision through public and private sector projects, policies, and programs. They assist Metro departments in prioritizing, aligning, and programming transportation projects and activities.
Advanced Planning and Research
GIS and Mapping Services
Our MetroGIS division generates, organizes, and analyzes spatial data, creates maps, and provides information about our county’s physical structure for other Metro departments and the general public. GIS (an abbreviation of "Geographic Information Systems") is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data; here, GIS provides a better understanding of our county's physical attributes and supports more informed decisions about land use and development.
Budgeting and Finance
Several of our planners, as noted in their individual listings, have earned what the American Planning Association calls "a high mark of distinction" in the planning profession - membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners. AICP certification is awarded to planners who pass a rigorous examination covering the history and theory of planning, urban design, law, ethics, and quantitative methods as well as have professional experience working as a planner.
The Congress for the New Urbanism's accreditation program is based on the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. The program's aim is to spread and elevate best practices; recognize the talent and commitment on display within the movement to create walkable, sustainable places; and establish New Urbanism as the standard for leaders working to build better places. CNU accreditation is achieved through completion of a comprehensive examination.
The American Society of Landscape Architects designation applies to individuals licensed in a U.S. state to practice landscape architecture.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's advanced credentialing program ensures that professionals have the knowledge they need to take a project through LEED certification for buildings and are well versed in the many aspects of green building. Individuals have passed a comprehensive exam and have involvement on a project registered/certified for LEED.