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Current Planning


The Current Planning Division coordinates the review processes for development plans, subdivisions, special use permits, planned developments, and variances.  To facilitate these processes, the City offers a First Step Meeting, where representatives of various City departments provide information and assistance.  Click here to download a brochure on First Step Meetings. After attending a First Step Meeting, some developments over a certain size must first hold a neighborhood workshop. Click here for a brochure on explaining how to conduct a neighborhood workshop and to find out when they are required.

Development Review - Most types of development require a separate development plan approval prior to applying for building permits.  Development plans are either reviewed by the Development Review Board in a public hearing or approved administratively by City staff, depending on the size and nature of the development. Click here for a Guide to the Development Review Process or for a flowchart of the steps involved.

Special Use Permits - Some activities or developments may only be allowed by special approval from the City Plan Board through the special use permit process.  Requests for a special use permit are usually accompanied by a development plan.

Variances - The Board of Adjustment may grant variances from building heights, yard setbacks, and certain other requirements in the Land Development Code.

Click here to download a Zoning Compliance Permit FormBe sure to visit the Planning Department's Online Forms page for additional information.


►Enter the public portal to our Project Database!

Searching Tips and Instructions for the Project Database:

Select the Projects tab and select radio button for Application number or Address
 
To search by Application Number
  • Project numbers include a two letter prefix, followed by the two digit year abbreviation, and a five digit sequence number (XX-YY-00123)
  • Prefixes for Planning Projects indicate the type of review or reviewing board (e.g. PB=City Plan Board)
  • Partial searches will result in a range of projects (e.g. DB-10 will show in all projects requiring Development Review Board approval for the year 2010)
  • Results can be sorted by address or by project status by selecting the View mode in the upper right corner of the search window
 To search by Address
  • Enter a specific address or for more successful searches use a range
  • Enter only the street name or number, not street directions
 
To review project details, select desired project by clicking on the item

For questions, contact COGPlanning@cityofgainesville.org or call us at (352)334-5023.