What is a Planned Development?
A Planned Development allows greater flexibility than is generally possible under conventional zoning district regulations. This is done in order to encourage more creative design, to protect significant natural resources, and to promote development that is compatible with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. There are three types of planned developments: residential planned developments, business planned developments, and special mixed planned developments. See City Code Chapter 21.24 for more information.

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1. If someone is interested in building a new house on a vacant lot recently purchased, which city agencies would be involved in the review process of this permit application?
2. I live in Eastport and want to add a family room and a second floor bedroom to my newly purchased dwelling. What should I do?
3. I have my eye on a commercial building for a possible coffee shop but am apprehensive about signing a tenant lease. What should I do?
4. Can an architect or engineer licensed in Virginia design and certify drawings for a project in Maryland?
5. Can an upper floor over a garage be remodeled to be used as a sewing room?
6. Can an owner add on to their house for their elderly mother-in-law?
7. What is zoning?
8. What are setback requirements for dwellings and storage sheds?
9. What is an administrative adjustment?
10. What is a variance?
11. What does "Critical Areas" under zoning mean?
12. Are temporary signs or banner signs permitted in the City?
13. Are off-site signs permitted?
14. What is a Planned Development?
15. I would like to do some renovations to my house. Are there any programs that can assist me?