Planning & Zoning Department
Our Planning & Zoning Code promotes "green" development through our landscaping & lighting regulations. These regulations require the planting of trees & shrubs on private property for new development and in the tree lawn of new subdivisions, promote the retention of trees and protection of natural areas, wetlands and steep slopes. The planting of trees, shrubs and grass, etc. helps to reduce reflected heat & glare, allows the infiltration of surface water into groundwater resources, helps to control storm water runoff, aids in the control of erosion, improves the quality of storm water discharge, and promotes the aesthetic character of the natural and man-made environment. In addition, our lighting regulations control the installation of exterior lighting fixtures to prevent light pollution which helps to conserve energy.