What does the Planning Department do?
Under the direction of the Planning Commission, the Planning Department provides professional advice and service in the implementation of the City’s Master Plan. As key advisors to the Planning Commission, City Council and other City commissions and authorities, the Department’s goal is the orderly and continued positive growth in the City of Warren. The Planning Department also serves as technical advisors and administrators in applying for the following: Zoning Ordinance revisions; Land use amendments (rezonings); Site plan approval for commercial, industrial, multiple-family residential and site condominium developments and outdoor retail sales; Site plan amendments and special land uses; Vacations of public alleys, easements, walkways and right-of-ways; Lot splits and combinations; Subdivision plats.
The Planning Department staff also works on studies related to transportation and land uses. In addition, staff serves as liaisons to economic development programs for redevelopment such as the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Community Development and Block Grant programs and the Tax Increment Finance Authority.