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City Planning Department proposes name change
Nolan Ming is the director of Planning and Zoning.

Should McMinnville Planning and Zoning Department’s name be changed to McMinnville Community Development Department?
“Planning and zoning are only two of the six different services we provide,” said Nolan Ming, director of Planning and Zoning. “The department name change is something I would like to do to be able to bring more clarity and organization to what this department does.”
Along with planning and zoning, the department’s services include the following divisions: floodplain management, stormwater, building inspection, property maintenance, and administration with yard sale permits, records requests and copies of codes and related documents.
“I think in 2005 it was proposed to be called Community Development and possibly approved but never followed through on,” said Ming.
The request to change the name was made before the city Building and Grounds Committee. Members expressed hesitancy.
“I’m a little bit on the fence about this,” said Alderman Steve Harvey. “I would like to hear what other people think about changing the name of the department. It’s familiar and everybody knows what the name is now and what it means. I understand there are more things to it than that.”
Mayor Jimmy Haley reminded the committee the name of the department has already been changed once and no one complained. It went from Codes Department to Planning and Zoning Department.
Community Development doesn’t specify any aspect of the department.
“A change from Codes to Planning and Zoning seems a lot more similar than changing it to Community Development Department,” said Harvey. “Community Development doesn’t really tell you much of anything, I’m not saying I don’t want to do it. I’m just wondering what everybody else thinks.”
Alderman Ryle Chastain questioned if the change is necessary.
“No,” said Ming. “It’s not necessary.”
The discussion was tabled for future consideration.