The Administration Division
coordinates the department budget, personnel, training activities, and provides support to staff, the City Council, Planning Commission, and Houghton Community Council.
The Land Use Management Division
performs all regulatory functions required to implement the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Subdivision Ordinance, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Master Program. The division performs permit and development review, provides public information about development policies and regulations, enforces development codes and provides staff support to the Hearing Examiner, Design Review Board, Houghton Community Council and City Council.
The Policy and Planning Division
prepares the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Subdivision Ordinance, Shoreline Master Program, local SEPA ordinance, and other growth management plans and regulations. Amendments to these documents are prepared annually in accordance with a work program adopted by the City Council. Staff support is provided to the City Council, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council, and a variety of citizen committees and task forces in their roles of establishing City land use policies. The division coordinates with other agencies on regional planning issues, monitors legislative activity, maintains development monitoring systems, and undertakes special projects as directed by the City Council or City Manager.
The Planning Staff performs tasks in more than one functional division and is organized into two planning teams.