The Department of Community Development provides support to the City Manager on projects related to planning, contract administration and City operations. They participate in planning projects that involve considerable interaction with citizens, developers, businesses, agencies and civic groups, maintain up-to-date knowledge of emerging regulations, pending legislation and trends in planning that impact the city as well as current programs and processes. They prepare grant applications and communicate with the public and business community to educate them on the City’s development plans and codified ordinances. This department also oversees code enforcement, property maintenance issues and zoning permits. The planning function of the department involves administration of the physical development of the City as directed by the Planning Commission and City Council as these two boards have defined in the codified ordinances, official zoning map and the comprehensive plan.