Planning & Development

Elizabethtown City Hall

Elizabethtown City Hall

The Department of Planning and Development responsibilities include planning, development review, building and electrical inspections, project administration and enforcement of various City ordinances and codes. The department staff consists of ten professional and support staff involved in various aspects of planning and code enforcement. A major role of the department is to coordinate the review and analysis of development projects to assure their compliance with City guidelines, standards and regulations.

The review of development projects is achieved through the subdivision design review process and a specific site development plan review. Through these review processes, the department staff assures implementation of the community Comprehensive Plan guidelines, the standards of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Regulations.

The community has adopted the Kentucky Building Code and the Kentucky Residential Code to govern new building construction. Building plan review, the issuance of construction permits and the subsequent inspection of construction activity are performed by the department to assure that all new buildings meet these statewide code standards. Additionally, the department performs inspections for all electrical work completed for projects within the city limits.

Minimum property, building and nuisance standards for existing buildings are also enforced by the department. These standards are applicable for all property in the community and regulate the general maintenance of property to address aspects of mowing, garbage removal, junk, and inoperable vehicles. These regulations are administered by the department on a complaint basis. In the enforcement of these regulations a citation may be issued by the inspector for any violation.

Department staff also provides support to various citizen boards including the Planning Commission,, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Code Enforcement Board and Code Appeals Board. These boards meet on a regular basis to assure community involvement in the governing process.

The department also oversees special projects that help implement the plan and goals of the City through grants administration under various federal and state programs. Examples of some of the programs are Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Kentucky Housing Corporation HOME, KY Transportation Cabinet Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Renaissance Kentucky and the Community Rivers and Streams program.