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Planning & Development

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to regulate the growth and development of the City of Jackson.  We are committed to creating a vibrant and sustainable community that enhances the quality of life for our citizens through plans, programs and regulations that address zoning, land use, housing, economic development, code compliance, and public transportation.

Our vision is a Jackson that consists of thriving and livable neighborhoods, safe and sustainable buildings, efficient and reliable transit service, and enhanced economic development opportunities. 

About Us:
The Department of Planning and Development is comprised of five offices: City Planning, Code Services, Economic Development, Transportation, and Housing and Community Development.

Our staff provides administrative and technical support to the following boards and commissions:

Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Please take a moment to learn more about the various divisions and activities of the Planning and Development Department by visiting the City PlanningCode ServicesEconomic DevelopmentHousing and Community Developmentand Transportation home pages.

Transit Shelter Sealed Bid 

The City of Jackson is seeking sealed bids from qualified firms for the Bus Stop Improvement Program: Site Design, Engineering and Project Management Services for Bus Shelters, Benches, Bust Stop Signs and Associated Improvements on a Multi-Year Contract.

Interested firms may obtain a copy of a detailed Request for Proposals, and any proposal addenda by emailing Marilyn Guice . Official proposal documents can be downloaded from Central Bidding at Please reference IFB#2019-01.

Central Bidding Link 

Six copies of the Proposal together with a PDF file of the Proposal on a flash drive shall be deposited with the City of Jackson, Office of City Clerk at 219 South President Street, Jackson, MS 39205 until Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by 3:30 pm, Central Standard Time (CST).

Permit and Licensing Software RFP

The City of Jackson is seeking submission of proposals for new software to satisfy its permitting, licensing, inspections, land use, and code enforcement needs. The Office of City Planning includes the Divisions of Code Services, Community Improvement, Signs & Licenses, and Zoning which collectively manage the entire development review process for the City.  

2019 Permit and Licensing Software RFP Released 01102019
Response to Proposer Inquiries

Blight Partner RFQ

This Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is being issued by the City of Jackson’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD). The purpose of this notice is to solicit qualifications from agencies that have an interest and capacity to provide services as Blight Partner for the City of Jackson’s anticipated participation in the Mississippi Home Corporation’s Blight Elimination Program. 

Blight Partner RFQ

Impediments to Fair Housing Survey:

The City of Jackson is asking its residents to complete a short survey as part of a process to identify demographic, social, institutional, and cultural impediments that block equal access to fair housing.

The survey is available online through the link at (English Version) or (Spanish Version) 

Hard copies are available at the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development and at any branches of the City of Jackson’s libraries.

Surveys will be accepted until further notice. If you’re completing a hard copy, turn your completed survey in at: Office of Housing and Community Development, Porter Bldg., 218 S. President Street, 2nd Floor, Jackson, MS, 39205.

Please contact Loretta Johnson, Fair Housing Compliance Officer, if you have any questions about the survey. She may be contacted by email at ; by phone at 601-960-2155; or by mail at P.O. Box 17, Jackson, MS 39205.

Convention Center Site RFP FAQ:

Q - May I receive a digital copy of the RFP documents?

A - If you cannot download from the link here, we can send you a pdf copy of the RFP. Please email us at .

Q - Is there an estimated budget/cost?

A – Yes. Please refer to Chapter 8- Page 9 of the Downtown Jackson Market and Feasibility Report. 

Q - Is there an estimated start date for the work?

A - Yes!  Page 7 of the RFP has a proposed project timeline.

Q - Is there a cost to apply?

A – No. 

Q - Can I submit a proposal for specific portions of the RFP?

A –At this stage we are looking for a master developer who can manage the development of the entire site or lead a team of developers who can.  But there is an opportunity to team up with the Master Developer to look at certain portion(s) of the phased development.

Q - The city may consider leasing all or part of the properties. What are the proposed terms of the lease?

A – The terms of the lease will be negotiated with the Master Developer. 

Convention Center Request for Proposal:

RFP Convention Center Site PDF 

2018 Downtown Jackson Market & Feasibility Report 

Concept Plan Report

Oneline Corridor

Featured Plans and Programs:

Lead Safe Jackson Housing Program

RFQ for Lead Contractors July 2018

RFQ for Demolition Contractors November 2018

Consent Decree:

The City of Jackson entered into a Consent Decree to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the city violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by preventing people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse from living in group homes in most residential areas.

Below is the Consent Decree between the United States and the City of Jackson, and a Notice to Potential Victims of Disability Discrimination by the City of Jackson.

Mukesh Kumar, PhD
200 S. President Street
Suite 229
Jackson, MS 39201
Ph: (601) 960-1993

Executive Office Coordinator
Kim Love-Lewis
Ph: (601) 960-1993


Deputy Director
Office of City Planning

Jordan Rae Hillman, AICP
Ph: (601) 960-1638


Deputy Director
Office of Housing & Community Development
Vanessa Henderson
Ph: (601) 960-2155

Deputy Director
Office of Transportation
Christine F. Welch
Ph: (601) 960-1887