The Planning Department works to ensure continued and improved effectiveness in making the city of New Haven a desirable place to live and work.


The goal of the Planning Department is to guide New Haven’s growth and development through the implementation of adopted development policies and enforcement of land use regulations. Staff also provides professional support to the New Haven Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Zoning & Floodplain Map Viewer

The online Zoning and Floodplain Map Viewer allows users to access zoning district information for a specific property. Users may also view the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMAs) Special Flood Hazard Area delineations.

Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance 

Current planning involves administering Title XV "Land Usage" of the New Haven City Code. This typically includes activities such as processing applications for:

  • Annexations
  • Improvement Location Permits
  • Subdivisions
  • Variances
  • Other land use applications

Staff also assists the public with questions related to the zoning code such as zoning classifications, permitted land uses, and development standards.

New Haven Master Trails Plan Draft

The Planning Department has been working to develop a plan that outlines the city’s trail priorities for the next several years. A public meeting was held July 16th, 2020 to solicit feedback and the comments received have been incorporated into the draft. The draft plan can be accessed here New Haven Master Trails Plan.

Staff is still accepting comments on the draft, please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the draft plan.

Long-Range Planning

Long-range planning is a collaborative process that engages the community in an effort to establish the various goals, policies, and objectives for New Haven’s future. 

The New Haven Comprehensive Land Use and Strategic Economic Plan (PDF) is a document that guides the City’s growth and it is used frequently by a variety of decision-makers. The New Haven Planning Department is responsible for the development of the Comprehensive Plan as well as other long-term planning projects and studies.

Other Services

Planning staff is responsible for a variety of technical services including address management, data collection, and zoning verification.