Planning & Development

The primary purpose of the Planning & Development Department is to promote the coordinated growth and development of the City of Washington.

This department works to ensure that all subdivision, development, new construction, and use of land conforms to state and local regulations and is accomplished in an orderly manner that minimizes or eliminates adverse impacts to the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens of Washington. The department staff administers local land use ordinances and provides professional, technical assistance to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Historical Preservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Building Board of Review, and TIF Joint Review Boards.

This department is responsible for the following activities:

  • Annexation
  • Building Inspection, New Construction
  • Code Enforcement, including Zoning, Subdivision, Building, and Nuisance
  • Comprehensive Plan Administration
  • Economic Development - General Business Attraction, Retention, Promotion, and Support
  • Enterprise Zone Administration
  • Floodplain Management
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Maintenance/Mapping
  • Historic Preservation

Permit Issuance/Application Processing, including:

  • Building
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Demolition
  • Driveway
  • Fence
  • Home Occupation
  • Landscaping Plan Review and Approval
  • Personal Wireless Service Facility (PWSF)/Telecommunication Tower
  • Rezoning
  • Right-of-Way Vacation, Streets and Alleys
  • Signs: Including Banner, Billboard, and Portable
  • Site Plan and Subdivision Plat Review
  • Solar Panels
  • Street Cut
  • Street Load Limit, Temporarily Exceed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Special Use
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Administration
  • Variance
  • Zoning

Home Occupation Zoning Code - Section 154.301

Section 154.306 of the Zoning Code determines whether a Home Occupation can be Administratively granted (Administrative Application) or must be presented before the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC Application) for granting. 

Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Mike Burdette
  • Louis Milot
  • Tom Reeder
  • Hans Ritter
  • Lindsay Rodriguez
  • Steve Scott
  • Glen Williams