The Gladstone Community Development Department is a diverse division of city government that deals with many daily and long-term issues within the city. Whether working with neighborhoods on revitalization, planning for future economic development, historic preservation, or issuing residential and commercial construction permits Community Development is a dedicated and highly involved city department.
Planning and Zoning
Planning and Zoning is responsible for the administration and development procedures for the City. This includes rezoning, property subdivision, site plans, special use permits, home-based businesses, and variances; in accordance with applicable zoning ordinances and Gladstone's comprehensive plan. Planning and Zoning staff works to respond to the ever-changing times by addressing new and innovative ways to incorporate alternative energy systems and address green alternatives. Furthermore, the Planning and Zoning Section develops and maintains data on the City and produces maps using Gladstone's geographic information system.
Economic Development assists in all facets of new project development and expansion projects. This division identifies opportunities for future growth and development and works within Community Development and other partners to coordinate marketing efforts and plan implementation. The Economic Development staff works with multiple community and city partners. They serve as a liaison to numerous partner organizations, assist in marketing the community, and manage LocationOne, a building and site listing on the City's website. The economic development staff manages the Storefront Improvement Program, a low-interest loan program and work with Gladstone Economic Betterment Council to identify programs which best assists the business community. Economic Development is responsible for the historic preservation efforts of the City. This includes the restoration of the Atkins-Johnson Farm, a National Registry Site and the Big Shoal Cemetery restoration.
Building Inspections has the responsibility of ensuring that residential and commercial structures, being constructed, are in compliance with applicable building and construction codes. Building Inspections is also responsible for construction permits and inspections relating to new construction, remodeling, alterations, additions, accessory structures, swimming pools, signs, and tenant finishes.
Code Enforcement responds to citizen complaints and is also proactive as it relates to property maintenance and nuisance complaints and violations. The Neighborhood Services Coordinators work hard to achieve code compliance with Gladstone's adopted property maintenance code. The Neighborhood Services Coordinators handle complaints regarding weeds, signs, dead trees, nuisances, and other property maintenance issuesFeel free to call our office at 816-423-4111 or click here if you have further questions.