Office of Planning and Preservation

The Office of Planning and Preservation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all Madison, IN residents, creating an environment that welcomes visitors and fosters new investment.  The department collaborates with staff in other departments, other units of government, elected officials, board members, and community members, to implement these goals.  Through the creation of plans, programs and policies as well as the processing of Historic District regulations and Certificate of Appropriateness permits, the Office of Planning and Preservation ensures the community’s vision for a bright future is realized.

Please note that the Office of Building and Zoning is responsible for accepting and reviewing applications for development, including permitting, site compliance, zoning clearance, and rezoning and variance requests. 

City Planner – Preservation Coordinator

The planner will provide project management and technical expertise in the implementation of long range city planning documents, offer assistance to applicants and the public, and perform staff technical review and reports. The planner will provide overall direction, development and supervision of long range planning for the City; create planning documents and reports to support department initiatives; administer an active grant program and seek additional funding opportunities for the City or general public; assist with development plan review and permitting; impartially advocate for the public interest in new developments and assist the Mayor with communicating and advocating the benefits to the community of planning and zoning; coordinate activities and plans between City Departments, and sustain Madison’s Certified Local Government (CLG) status.

Specific to Madison’s preservation district, duties shall include assisting the public with questions regarding the process and applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA); reviewing applications for COA’s; assisting the Historic District Board of Review and attending public meetings; conducting regular site visits and inspecting work for compliance with COA’s and working on special projects as assigned. The planner assists other City departments with service to various committees; their ability to work well with others and as part of a team is essential.