Planning & Sustainability

Mission: Identify and implement community vision for a sustainable and resilient future with a healthy and equitable economy and environment 

  • Planning: resilience | sustainability | visioning | comprehensive | strategic
  • Climate: resilience/adaptation | regeneration/mitigation
  • Environment: design with nature | open space | agriculture 
  • Mobility: car-less options | bicycles and pedestrians | transit
  • Equity: housing | community development | economic prosperity | accessibility
  • Placemaking: design | built environment | history | community preservation
  • Tools and techniques to implement this mission

Pending Regulatory Changes:

Proposed Zoning Amendments:  Form Based Code Drafts

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