The Area Plan Commission is the local agency designated to carry out land use planning for the City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, and the Town of Darmstadt. This body is an appointed 13-member board that meets once a month to make decisions on zonings and subdivisions within these jurisdictions. The Area Plan Commission and its staff are also responsible for long range planning to shape the future development and growth of the community, which involves updating the City/County Comprehensive Plan and on-going efforts to implement the Plan. This office also serves as the staff for the Board of Zoning Appeals, who rules on petitions for variance from the Zoning ordinance requirements and Special Uses
Another function of the Area Plan Commission, referred to as current planning, is the administration/enforcement of the Zoning and Subdivision ordinances. In this role, the Area Plan Commission professional and support staff process applications for new development, review site development plans, prepare reports for the Plan Commission and the public on these proposals, and issue permits. Improvement Location Permits are issued for all new buildings, additions to existing buildings, homes, accessory structures, pools, and business signage.