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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 Development, and Transportation home pages.


What is National Community Planning Month?

Established in 2006, National Community Planning Month is celebrated each October as a way to highlight the role of planners and the importance of good planning in our communities. Across the country, communities celebrate planning through a variety of avenues including have a mayoral proclamation declaring October as community planning month; planning department open houses; community tours of APA designated Great Places in America; or photo contests. Planning is essential for our communities to prosper and maintain balance and cohesiveness.

Each year, a theme is identified to help a community highlight an aspect or outcome of planning. The theme can be used to organize events and activities within the community. This year, the theme is Innovation in planning. Planning plays an important role in addressing and adapting to the challenges faced by communities in the 21st century. From using data sources and technology to address issues including inequality, access to transportation and social mobility to celebrating new approaches to creating communities of lasting value.

This October, join the Department of Planning and Development in celebrating the work of our planners, inspectors, technicians, and other professional staff in creating a community of lasting value in Jackson.

Featured Plans and Programs:

Lead Safe Jackson Housing Program

Neighbors First Lot Program

Highway 18 Master Plan

Unified Signage Design Competition for Jackson, Mississippi

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.

Consent Decree

Notice to Potential Victims

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

Biqi Zhao, AICP
Ph: (601) 960-1993


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