Under the direction of Kersten Elverum, the Planning & Economic Development Department is responsible for the City's long-range planning efforts as well as the administration of the City's Zoning Code.
The department also creates the City's Comprehensive Plan, which is a compilation of policy statement, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social and economic development of the City.
The Planning & Economic Development Department is made up of the following divisions:
The Economic Development division is responsible for coordinating the overall economic development process in the City. Staff meets with developers, property owners and business tenants to review possibilities, explore alternative methods of financing, and prepare various planning documents and reports necessary to ensure orderly development and redevelopment of the City. The division administers the Economic Development funds and prepares and administers the annual CDBG program with Hennepin County.
The Housing division promotes and develops housing programs and activities for City property owners and residents and provides staff support for housing programs such as First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Program, Community Image Awards, Housing Improvement Areas, and the Livable Communities Program. It coordinates meetings of the Hopkins Apartment Managers Association and provides a City representative to the Hopkins Family Resource Center Board of Directors and other community committees and collaborative efforts.
The Housing division also provides referrals to Housing Rehabilitation Loan/Grant programs, monitors opportunities for new funding sources and provides ongoing loan servicing support.
The zoning & planning division provides administration and enforcement of the Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan, provides administration and inspection of signs and fences, and prepares various planning documents and reports necessary to ensure orderly development/redevelopment of the City. Staff sets the agenda and acts as City liaison for the Zoning & Planning Commission.
The Public Housing division is responsible for the management of the 76-unit public housing residence in Hopkins. It processes applications and verifies income while completing yearly re-examinations of residents and performing housing inspections in accordance with HUD standards.
The Tax Increment Finance Districts division undertakes and administers miscellaneous development activities funded through tax increment districts.