The Development Department is responsible for the City’s current land use and development policies, as well as long-range planning strategies. These include managing the orderly development and growth of the community by overseeing the implementation of various studies and strategic plans.

2023 Planning and zoning code update

As a next step to the Advance Monroe 2040 plan, the City is in the process of selecting a land use planning firm to assist in updating the Monroe Planning and Zoning Code. The objective will be to improve functionality, modernize, and develop regulatory solutions specifically tailored to the Monroe community. Public participation and stakeholder engagement will be a critical part of this process. 

The City anticipates this project to begin January 2023 and conclude at the end of the year or early 2024.

Advance MONROE 

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The Comprehensive Plan provides the framework that guides future development. The Comprehensive Plan addresses topics such as the overall vision for the City, recent and projected growth patterns, changing demographics, anticipated land use needs, transportation planning, and sustainability.

At their October 26th meeting, City Council voted to adopt the Advance Monroe 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The complete document is available to be viewed here: 

Advance Monroe 2040 Comprehensive Plan.


In 2018, the City with UC EconomCapture Opens in new windowics Center completed a housing study to analyze the community’s existing housing stock and to plan for future growth. Click either image to read the summary or full report.

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