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Glendale's Planning Services provides professional, quality customer service in a friendly responsive manner in order to:

  • Assist the public, elected and appointed officials in planning for future land use, development, and re-development in harmony with community values.
  • Facilitate community involvement in decision-making process.
  • Administer adopted regulations and guidelines in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Manage the annexation, zoning, subdivision, and design review process efficiently.
  • Resolve to the best of our ability the inevitable issues and conflicts associated with changing land use and development.


The Planning Division has four major functions that include planning administration, long range planning and research, current planning and zoning administration. Jon Froke, AICP, oversees the city's planning services. He has headed the city's Planning Division since 2001.

Long Range Planning and Research: This function is responsible for long range physical planning and the preparation, monitoring and update of the General Plan, special studies, specific plans, research, population estimates, GIS and mapping services, and annexation analysis/application processing. The Historic Preservation Plan and Ordinance is administered and National Register nominations are prepared. Staff support is provided to the Historic Preservation Commission. Contact person is Thomas Ritz, AICP, Senior Planner, (623) 930-2588,

Current Planning: This function manages the processing and review of land use applications including General Plan amendments, rezoning, conditional use permits, preliminary and final plats, residential and commercial design reviews, and custom home reviews. Planning staff provides support to the Planning Commission and administers the Citizen Participation Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, and Subdivision regulations. Staff support is provided to the Planning Commission. Contact person is Tabitha Perry, Assistant Planning Director for Current Planning, (623) 930-2596,

Zoning Administration: The Zoning Administrator and staff is responsible for interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance and processing variance requests, group home reviews, appeals, zoning administration review and relief requests, commercial tenant improvements, special events, liquor license reviews, and business license reviews. Staff support is provided to the Board of Adjustment. Contact person is Tabitha Perry, Assistant Planning Director, (623) 930-2596,

Administration: The staff provides support to the other department functions through preparation of staff reports for the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission meetings, hearings, and workshops. Staff assures proper notification and advertising of cases and manages the Citizen Participation Ordinance, Request for Service inquiries, and provides staff for the various public hearings and meetings. Contact person is Diana Figueroa, Senior Secretary, (623) 930-2808,


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