“The planning commission is authorized and empowered to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the city, including any areas outside its boundaries which, in the commission’s judgment, bear relation to the planning of such municipality.” (Section 2-242(a) of the Code of Decatur, Al) The commission’s priority should be the cost effective and orderly extension of public services. “The commission is authorized and empowered to adopt for transmittal to the city council a zoning plan for the control of the height, area, bulk, location and use of buildings and premises in the area.” (Section 2-242(c) of the Code of Decatur, AL) The commission also has authority to approve or disapprove the subdivision of land within the city limits and the planning jurisdiction. The Planning Department provides administrative services for the Planning Commission.
The Planning Department provides the following services as part of that responsibility:
Planning Commission: The City of Decatur, Planning Commission, meets on the next to last Tuesday of each month at 3:15 P.M. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. The Planning Commission consists of nine commissioners. The commissioners as established by state law are six mayoral appointments, the mayor on his designee, one appointed by the city council from its membership (generally this is also the planning departments liaison to the city council) and an administrative official of the city. All applications made to the Planning Department are reviewed by the Planning Commission. When making an application to the commission, the applicant, or his representative, should be present at the meeting.
Subdivision Committee (Technical Review Committee): The City of Decatur, Subdivision Committee, meets on the Tuesday prior to the Planning Commission Meeting at 1:15 P.M. in the Conference Room of the City Annex. This committee is responsible for reviewing applications made to the Planning Department for subdivision of land, site plan review, vacations of easements or right-of-ways, and annexation. The Subdivision Committee does technical review of the application submitted to the planning department. The committee is made up of representatives of the various entities that provide public services in the city and the planning jurisdiction; some examples of this include, but are not limited to, utilities, streets, drainage schools, parks and public safety. This committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Planning Commission. The applicant, or his representative, should make every effort to be present at this meeting.
Zoning Committee: The City of Decatur Zoning Committee is composed of the chairman or vice chairman of the Planning Commission, and the chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. This meeting also is attended by the building director as the enforcement arm of the zoning ordinance, city planner and city attorney. It meets on the Tuesday prior to the Planning Commission meeting to review applications for zoning or rezoning of land and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. Recommendations from the Zoning Committee are forwarded to the Planning Commission for review and approval.
All applications must be submitted to the Planning Department 21 days prior to the Planning Commission meeting.