The Planning & Development Department is responsible for current planning, which involves zoning and land use regulations, as well as comprehensive planning, which establishes guidelines for the future growth of the City by addressing broad community issues. The department oversees the development, updating, and implementation of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) as well as the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning and Development Department manages several funding sources which support local agencies and law enforcement, reduce slum and blight in neighborhoods, provide affordable housing options, and further economic development. In addition, the Department utilizes funding from various local, state and federal agencies to assist in the City’s development efforts through in-house grant writing and administration.
The services provided by the Planning and Development Department are intended to bolster the growth of our local economy through the redevelopment of existing properties, by focusing on the retention of existing assets, and by supporting new development efforts within the city. The Planning and Development Department, working closely with City Council and the Planning Commission, prepares information to assist in new development throughout the City and is tasked with implementing initiatives that will enhance and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Weirton.