The Planning Department offers a variety of land use planning services in the nine-county region. Planning staff advises local governments on current planning issues such as zoning, annexation, ordinance revisions and related land-use issues. Staff also draws on expertise in such areas as the environment, transportation and strategic planning to assist local governments as requested. This work includes the development and update of numerous types of ordinances (UDOs, Zoning, Subdivision, Historic Preservation, Public Nuisances, Minimum Housing, Flood Damage Prevention, and other codes), and plans (Comprehensive, Land Use, Bicycle/Pedestrian, etc.), as well as performing administrative services for primarily smaller municipalities.