About Community Development
The Department of Community Development is responsible for managing all development in the City not on public lands. The Department is primarily responsible for implementing strategies adopted by the City Council to enhance Maryland Heights' identity and visual appearance and to strengthen the City's position in the St. Louis region as a desirable residential community and a major commercial and hospitality center. It consists of two divisions: Planning & Zoning and Building & Codes.
Building and Codes
The Division of Building Inspection and Code Enforcement is responsible for Building and Zoning Code enforcement, building permit plan review, nuisance abatement, occupancy inspections (for new and existing buildings) within the city, Flood Plain Management, Community Development Block Grant administration and for providing staff support to the Community Development Committee and the Board of Code Appeals. For our municipal building codes, click here.
Planning and Zoning
The Division of Planning and Zoning is responsible for enforcing the City's codes and regulations regarding development on non-public land. Planning and Zoning staff work with the Planning Commission and City Council to develop and update the City's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, and Subdivision Code. They also advise the Commission and Council on zoning matters like Conditional Use Permits and Planned Districts. Visit the Planning & Zoning page to learn more. To contact Planning and Zoning staff, please call (314) 291-6550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Development Department provides residents with resources on a variety of topics to improve their standard of living. Visit the Community Resources page for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions About Native Landscaping
Which plants deter deer or are deer resistant?
Shaw Nature Reserve Study - Deer Resistant Native Plants - http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/Portals/0/Shaw%20Nature%20Reserve/PDFs/horticulture/Deer%20Resistant%20Native%20Plants.pdf
How can I encourage butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to visit my property?
Grow Native! has a number of great resources on attracting pollinators to property through native plant cultivation
Why are plants like honeysuckle or other invasive species so bad?
Missouri Botanical Garden - Information on Invasive Bush Honeysuckle - http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/gardening-in-st.-louis/invasives/bush-honeysuckle.aspx
What are suitable alternatives to bush honeysuckle to provide a visual screen?
St. Louis Audubon Society - Bring Conservation Home Program - http://stlouisaudubon.org/conservation/BCH/index.php
How can I conserve water with my landscaping? / How can I control runoff?
Missouri Botanical Garden - Information on Rainscaping - http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/sustainable-living/at-home/rainscaping-guide.aspx
St. Louis Audubon Society -http://www.stlouisaudubon.org/
Missouri Botanical Garden - http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
Shaw Nature Reserve - http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/shaw-nature-reserve.aspx
Missouri Department of Conservation - http://mdc.mo.gov/
Grow Native! - http://grownative.org/