The Planning and Zoning division within the Community Development Department is divided into two functions: Current Planning and Comprehensive Planning.
Current Planning administers the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and implements the development process with the goal of ensuring quality development for the future of the City of Independence and the preservation of the community’s unique features. The UDO incorporates zoning and subdivision regulations, sign controls, design standards and land development procedures into one document.
The Planning staff review all current planning development applications and accompanying plans and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment on issues pertaining to land use—to include the subdivision of property, enforcement of the regulations, investigation of violations and complaints, issuance of special use permits, determination of legal non-conforming uses, variances from the regulations and rezoning requests and any other land use question that may come before these bodies.
The Comprehensive Planning division is responsible for guiding the City's long-range planning efforts and the implementation of the City's Comprehensive Plan for future growth and development as well as preparing maps and maintaining the addressing standards. This division also provides Census and demographic information, in addition to growth and development information to the community for projecting population, building and development trends and impacts. The division has developed GIS as a planning tool for the Department, and is leading the effort for city-wide implementation. The division also coordinates the annual preparation of the City of Independence Capital Improvements Program.
The Planning and Zoning division is located in on the second floor of Independence City Hall, 111 E Maple, Independence, MO 64050. Planners are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.