What the Planning & Development Department Does

Planning & Zoning Division
The Planning and Zoning Division provides technical information and advice to elected and appointed boards and citizens on the wise use of land for private and public purposes. The department is responsible for developing and maintaining the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Hot Springs, maintaining zoning and subdivision regulations of the city, and processing development applications that involve those regulations each year.

This division processes applications for zoning changes, comprehensive plan changes, preliminary subdivisions, final subdivisions, conditional uses, home occupations, and other planning and development proposals. The division works closely with neighborhood and community organizations, business groups, developers, engineers, development attorneys and others in reviewing of development initiatives. The city's Historic District Commission is included in the Planning Department, and processes applications for Certificate of Appropriateness in a Historical District.

Building Safety Division
The Building Safety Division administers and enforces regulatory codes and ordinances to protect local citizens. Codes enforced include building, fire, electrical, gas and plumbing, mechanical, and housing.

Neighborhood Services Division
The Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for compliance with city ordinances related to housing, vacant structure, weeds, premises, and abandoned autos. The division responds to citizen requests, conducts proactive inspections and special projects.

Community Development Division
The Community Development Division administers the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), which is an entitlement program as administered by the City of Hot Springs and is funded by the federal government through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The primary objective of CDBG is to help develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, suitable living environments, economic opportunity, principally for low to moderate income persons. All activities proposed by the City of Hot Springs to receive CDBG funding assistance must meet one of three national objectives:
  • Benefit low to moderate income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
  • Address urgent housing and community development needs
For more information and program requirements contact Community Development Administrator Mike Scott by phone at 501-321-6845, or in person at 100 Broadway Terrace.