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About Us

The Planning and Zoning Department is composed of dedicated employees who are responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s current and long range development standards and policies. The Planning Division serves as advisory staff to the citizens who make up the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Design Review Board and the various city hearing officer positions.

What We Do

Current planning activities of the division include the review and coordination of zoning cases, subdivision plats, site plans, the administration of design review requirements, variance requests, use permits, sign permits, zoning ordinance amendments, and petitions for annexation.

Long-range planning activities of the division include the administration, maintenance and amendment process to the city’s General Plan, preparation of various long-range planning reports and studies and project management of long-range planning related consulting projects.

For general questions, please email us at or call 623-773-7200.

Where are Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings Held?

The City of Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (excluding holidays) at 6:30p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ 85345.

Planning and Zoning Commission meetings documents are online at View Planning and Zoning Meetings

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission include advising the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council on issues such as the identification and designation of landmarks and historic districts, and the utilization of funds to promote the preservation of such landmarks and historic districts within the City of Peoria.  The role of the Commission is also to increase public awareness of the importance of historic, cultural, and architectural preservation. Learn more about Peoria's Historic Preservation

Helpful Links:

Planning and Zoning FAQs
Interactive Case Map
Planning Dept. Contacts

Planning and Zoning Documents
City of Peoria AZ General Plan (2010) (PDF)
General Plan Update 2040
City of Peoria Zoning Ordinance
Planning and Zoning Document Library
Planned Area Developments

Process Guides, Applications, and Fees
Permit Applications and Process Guides
Current Fee Schedule (PDF)
Impact Fees

Other Documents
Development Summary
Planning Maps


Latest Planning and Zoning News

General Plan Amendment - Blackout Period (5/19/2020 – 11/3/2020)
On May 19, 2020, the City Council will take action to place the General Plan on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot for ratification. During this time (May 19, 2020 – November 3, 2020), Minor General Plan Amendments may be submitted and reviewed by staff; however, they will not be taken forward to hearing until after the ballot measure on November 3, 2020.The annual Major General Plan Amendment cycle will be suspended during the 2020 calendar year. The purpose of this blackout period is to minimize voter confusion and keep the General Plan intact for voter consideration from the City Council action to the citizen vote on November 3, 2020.

Modernized Administrative Relief Process 
This update removes a prior and atypical practice that held a number of specific subdivisions to the limited ‘typical development standards’ noted on the recorded plat when property owners requested Administrative Relief from property development standards. As part of the update, Section 21-324 “Administrative Relief” has been modernized with an appropriate notification radius, clarified conditions for approval, an updated appeal process, and expanded relief from property development standards that allows a 10% modification from the stated setbacks in addition to a modification of 5% of the maximum lot coverage.

The Varney Story
The roots of the Varney neighborhood began in 1945 as one of the earliest subdivisions in the City. This area is located near Peoria High School and is generally bounded by 83rd Avenue (west), Varney Road (south), 71st Avenue (east) and Poinsettia Drive (north). Long-time Varney residents have helped shape our City in important ways, including influential community leaders who worked to gather signatures to incorporate the City. Read more about The Varney Story (PDF).

Peoria Small Wireless Facility Policy
To regulate the installation of small cell wireless facilities by wireless communication companies consistent with recently adopted Federal regulations, the City of Peoria has implemented new process requirements, timelines, design standards, and fees for all Small Wireless Facilities on private property. View Small Wireless Facility Policy memo (PDF)

Help Shape the Peoria of Tomorrow
PlanPeoria2040 is an update to the city's general plan that will guide all aspects of growth for the next 10 to 20 years. The new plan is designed around six themes, or livability goals, developed from the community’s input, that will influence our quality of life in the years to come. Your insight and feedback will help guide your city officials as they make choices regarding growth and development of Peoria. Come be part of the conversation and help shape Peoria’s future! A draft is now available for review. Please visit the General Plan Update page to view the draft and submit your feedback.

Interested in Peoria's Demographical and Statistical Information?
For census information about our City, please visit the United States Census Bureau.

Contact Information
9875 N. 85th Avenue, 1st Floor
Peoria, AZ 85345

Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday from 7:00am to 6:00pm (closed Fridays).

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Chris Jacques
Planning and Community Development Director

Lorie Dever
Planning Manager

Della Ernest
Executive Assistant


If you have interacted with our Counter, Plan Review or Inspection Services, let us know how we are doing by calling us at 623-773-7200.


This website is provided as a service of the city of Peoria Planning and Community Development Department, Planning Division. The use of this website is intended for informational purposes only. The city of Peoria may make improvements and/or changes in the documents described herein at any time. The maps located on this webpage are not to be construed as the final authority as to the zoning of land, entitlements and permitted uses, buildings and any other structures or area and measurement of parcels within the city of Peoria. To confirm the zoning of land, buildings and or structures refer to the official zoning map located in the Peoria Development and Community Services Building at the Planning Division.