The Planning Department is responsible for both the current and long-range planning functions of the City of Gastonia. In addition to providing assistance with land use information, zoning permits, occupancy permits, setbacks, sign permits, variances, complaints, and flood plain administration, the department's responsibilities also encompass comprehensive and small area planning and design, rezoning and other public hearing processes, as well as coordination of local historic districts and other design and development review processes. Further, the Planning Department serves as a significant resource to other City departments and divisions in the realm of concept visualization and GIS mapping & analysis.
Planning Director: Jason Thompson, AICP
(Comprehensive and small area planning and design,

& current and long-range planning functions)

 Administrative Assistant III: Chrystal Howard, CZO
(General inquiries, residential setbacks, & zoning verification letters) 
Zoning Administrator: Joe Gates, CZO
(Commercial zoning, signs, variances and appeals)
Zoning Officer: Jason Putnam, CZO
(Residential Zoning, residential and commercial setbacks,
zoning violations, & certificate of compliance permits)
 Senior Planner: Jana McMakin, AICP
(Subdivisions, rezoning, & text amendments)
Planner: Kim Wallis
(Local Historic Districts - Brookwood & York-Chester &
Design Review Committee)
GIS Specialist I: Julia Baker-Granata
(City maps)
Garland Municipal Business Center 
150 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC  28052
(P.O. Box 1748, Gastonia, NC  28053-1748)
704.854.6652 (office)
704.869.1960 (fax)

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