Planning and Development
WHAT WE DO
The Planning Department works with officials and the community to identify, plan, and carry out activities that advance the quality of life and economic climate of Greenfield. We do this by:
- Researching and evaluating the physical and community environment to identify needs for services or improvements. We do this at community and precinct meetings, through mail and phone surveys, by direct contact with citizens, and through other forms of research. We then use information that we develop locally, as well as information produced by outside agencies and consultants, and present the results/conclusions at community meetings and through reports and plans that are available to the public.
- Identifying, writing, and managing grants to support improvements in public facilities and promote private investment. During the past 30 years, the department has obtained over $36 million in state and federal grants that we used to repair streets, improve neighborhood playgrounds, rehabilitate homes, build an industrial park, clean contaminated factory sites, and finance business start-ups. Grants also have been used as incentives to encourage private investors.
- Assisting people applying for land use permits and the municipal boards and commissions that review those permits. We meet with applicants and landowners to explain permit requirements and regulations and review their proposals. We also recommend and draft changes in regulations to ease the permit process and facilitate investment, and help board members understand and apply state and federal regulations in a fair and impartial manner, while also maintaining records of their proceedings.
- Managing the City’s Geographic Information System, a computerized database of maps that tracks everything from roads to hiking trails, from wetlands to water lines, from traffic levels to land elevations. We use this information to help us pinpoint public investment where it’s most needed, and we make this information available to the public, to other departments, and to government agencies to help them with their work.