Lakeland's continuous planning process provides guidance for a rational response to growth and change. It helps the city to determine where to focus priorities to address the community's most pressing challenges.
The Planning Department oversees the approval process for several types of zoning, subdivisions, variances, and designs. In conjunction with other city departments, it provides recommendations to various city boards and committees involved with the development process. It also oversees long-term planning and the city's Geographic Information System (GIS)