The Planning Department has the responsibility for protecting and enhancing the physical and environmental character of the town. This responsibility is carried out based on the town's General Plan that reflects a balance of the public's interest and private property rights as determined through public hearings by the Planning Commission and Town Council. General Plan policies provide the framework for more detailed planning studies and the standards for environmental evaluation and development review.

Working Towards Development
Planning works with other town departments in seeking further improvements in the development review process to ensure both a timely processing of development permit applications and high quality development that is compatible with existing development and community standards.