The Planning & Development Division has different subdivisions. While each subdivision is functionally different, their integration is essential to the Development, Maintenance, and Future of Planning in the City of Decatur.

The Department of Community Development is the lead agency for Decatur Area Urbanized Transportation System (DUATS) serving as the Planning Entity for the Decatur Urbanized Area.

Current Planning

This division works with several day to day planning activities which include but are not limited to:

  • Land Subdivisions
  • Variances
  • Vacation of Right of Way
  • Annexation
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Rezoning
  • Site Plan Reviews

Long Range Planning

Works to develop and provide long-range land use and transportation plans, implementation tools, and analysis to positively guide long-range growth and physical development of the city while preserving and enhancing quality of life for citizens.


Supply Chain Optimization

Completion of the Decatur Beltline along with cross dock capabilities expansion means the City of Decatur is situated to be the best national distribution center of goods flowing domestically and internationally, located in the agricultural epicenter of the continental US.

A – America’s
B – Best
C – Crossroads
D – Decatur

The complete report Decatur Supply Chain Network Planning and Optimization Study can be view by clicking the link above.

The City of Decatur recognizes IDOT for their support in making this report possible.

Economic Development

The City of Decatur offers a Dynamic Business Climate, Productive Workforce, Wonderful Quality of Life and can be a city in which you want to locate or expand your business. Questions for this division include but are not limited to:

  • Site Selection Assistance
  • Redevelopment
  • Tax Incentive Programs
  • More City Services

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is an approach to conserving structures, sites, and objects which represent a physical connection with people and events from our past. Historic preservation utilizes various land use planning strategies, governmental programs, and financial incentives to protect historic resources. The preservation of historic structures and sites helps to create an unique environment and sense of place in our City. This cultural richness strengthens the local economy by promoting tourism and encouraging investment. Here you will find a variety of information about the City of Decatur’s historic preservation program.