Application forms and information related to filing deadlines is available here.

The Planning Division provides staffing to the City’s Planning Commission, Design Review Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, each described below.

The Planning Commission focuses on site plan review of new projects, plat layout of new subdivisions, major changes to existing subdivisions such as the installation of gates, rezoning requests and text amendments to the zoning code. It meets the first Tuesday of each month. Additional information about Planning Commission meetings and packets is available here.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) acts as a Quasi-Judicial Body, hearing appeals from property owners who have been cited by Code Compliance for various zoning code violations. It also considers variance requests for items such as yard setbacks, fence heights and heights of buildings as well as requests for uses on appeals for uses such as churches and schools in residential zoning districts. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the second Tuesday of each month. Additional information about BZA meetings and packets is available here.

The Design Review Commission (DRC) focuses on aesthetic issues, including the landscaping, lighting and building materials of new commercial, multifamily and office sites; major revisions to the landscaping, lighting and building materials of existing commercial, multifamily and office sites; projects within the Old Germantown zoning district and signage throughout the City. The Design Review Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Additional information about DRC meetings and packets is available here.

The Planning Division also prepares development contracts for new subdivisions and projects that are presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, coordinates with the U.S. Census Bureau for counts, processes administrative requests, such as foundation permits for new single-family home construction zoning verification letters, offers customer service related to zoning and sign ordinances and manages long-range policy efforts related to land use and city-wide initiatives.
 
For more information about submitting an application to any of these bodies, contact Sarah Goralewski, Planner at sgoralewski@germantown-tn.gov (901)757-7295 or Sheila Pounder, Planning Division Manager at spounder@germantown-tn.gov (901)751-5681.