The Planning Department provides information and advisory services to decision makers and the public regarding the growth and development of the community to ensure balanced and appropriate land use. The Planning Department processes current and long-range development applications in accordance with the City's adopted General Plan and zoning ordinance and provides staff support to the City Council and Planning Commission. In addition, the Planning Department responds to public inquiries regarding zoning, land use, use permits, and development standards. The Planning Department is also responsible for preservation of the City's historic structures.