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The Planning Department is responsible for current and long-range planning efforts and supporting the various planning related boards and commissions. These responsibilities include providing zoning information, site plan development review, subdivision review, comprehensive planning, small area studies, corridor studies, long-term visioning reports and activities, and providing staff support to the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board, and Tree Board.

Additionally, the department provides Geographic Information Services (GIS) to the general public, other City departments, and Faulkner County, and creates and administers all City street addresses and coordinates with 911 services.