Planning & Development
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to develop, implement, and monitor a comprehensive urban planning process, emphasizing continuing interdepartmental cooperation and assistance in the preparation of plans and programs. And, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Norman through enforcement of City Codes.
The Department of Planning & Community Development provides support to the City Council, the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Reapportionment Commission, Historic District Commission, Greenbelt Commission, and Board of Appeals. The Department is responsible for developing and updating the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and other plans for the City; reviewing rezoning, subdivision and building permit applications and insuring the timely hearing of requests which are reviewed by various Boards and the City Council. The Department is also responsible for enforcing various codes and ordinances related to the health, safety and welfare of citizens; updating all ordinances, which comprise the regulatory framework against which development proposals are evaluated. Also, the administration of ordinances, which affect the health, safety and welfare of citizens, and administration of federal grants related to housing and urban development. The Department is also responsible for the Capital Improvements Budget and Capital Planning.
The Department of Planning & Community Development is divided into four divisions, Current Planning, Development Services, Geographic Information Services, and Revitalization.