Current Planning

The Division of Current Planning is responsible for coordinating the review of development proposals, enforcing the zoning ordinance, and processing building permits, subdivisions, special exception uses and zoning variances. This Section has ongoing, direct contact with residents, business people and developers in the city and responds to over 7,000 telephone calls and walk-ins each year on a variety of zoning and procedural issues.

This section includes two major subareas - (1) processing all development applications including applications requiring hearings before the Planning Commission, City Council, and Board of Appeals and (2) permitting/enforcement which includes the review and approval of building permits and review for compliance with such diverse criteria as Historic Preservation Commission approval and the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area approval.

Click on this link to see a map of projects with zoning approval from March 2016


Visit our resource page, For More Information.

Are you in the Historic District?

Go to the Historic Preservation section of this site, or e-mail Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation.