Planning Department

Contact the Planning Department

P.O. Box 2267
300 South 5th Street
Paducah, KY 42001-2267
Phone: 270-444-8690
Fax: 270-444-8689

Planning Staff and Contacts >> 

Quick Links within Planning Department

Application Forms and Fees 
Board of Adjustment    
Community Development and Housing 
Downtown Development Programs
Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization Project
HARC-Historic and Architectural Review Commission
Paducah Main Street 
Paducah Riverfront Development Advisory Board 
Planning and Zoning (includes site plans and subdivisions)     
Planning Commission 
Section 8 Housing Assistance
Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency

Mission Statement

The Department of Planning exists to support the land use planning and development process in the City of Paducah, to ensure the orderly use and reuse of land, to assist in maintaining and enhancing the economic and aesthetic viability and physical function of the City, and to enhance the quality of life in the City of Paducah.  The department consists of highly skilled professionals who work to provide the highest quality of service possible in the areas of land use and development, long-range planning, housing, community development, and economic development.

Department Divisions

Administration:  The Administration Division provides overall program preparation, direction, and oversight; maintains department personnel, budget and other records and procedures; provides clerical support to all department divisions; and provides technical and administrative support to pertinent boards, committees, and commissions.  

Downtown Development:  The Downtown Development Division (Paducah Main Street) has the responsibility of promoting and administering financial assistance programs, recruiting business, and serving as a liaison between associations, stakeholders and the Paducah Main Street Advisory Board. This division also assists businesses with historic tax credit assistance. The Main Street Board of Directors, a board of five citizens, has the responsibility of assisting with the Main Street accreditation process, coordinating with the Downtown Development Specialist in promoting the four-point Main Street approach, participating in planning and awareness campaigns and forming citizen and volunteer committees as necessary.

Planning:  The Planning Division provides the community with comprehensive planning per KRS 100 and current planning/zoning administration. Responsibilities of this division include reviewing site plans for planning compliance; the administration of the zoning and subdivision ordinances; providing staff support for the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Historical and Architectural Review Commission (HARC) ; planning comprehensive activities as they relate to land use; and researching and developing special projects as directed including annexations and neighborhood revitalization.

Grants:  The Grants Division researches grant opportunities and disseminates information to the City departments and agencies within the community. This division assists with project development, the application process, and administration of federal and state grant awards in addition to working with agencies on legislative pass-through grants. This division also provides staff support to the Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA). Additional responsibilities include the administration of the City’s neighborhood revitalization programs including the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Staff also monitors the construction activities and assists in the design of home plans in Fountain Avenue, LowerTown, and Downtown.

Section 8 Housing:  Section 8 Housing is a federally funded, assisted housing program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides housing assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled families in Paducah/McCracken County, by subsidizing a portion of the family’s monthly rent in privately-owned housing units. Section 8 administers Housing Choice Vouchers to an average 450 families per month and administers the Mortgage Assistance Program for homeowners who qualify. Section 8 also administers the Family Self-Sufficiency Program which promotes financial independence and home ownership. As part of the initial certification and recertification process, Section 8 performs Housing Quality Standard Inspections.