The city’s new fiscal year brought name and staffing changes to three city departments. The Engineering Department became the Transportation Department, Community Planning Services split into the Planning and Neighborhoods Department and the Land and Development Services Department. In addition, the Public Works Department now has two umbrellas under which its service areas fall – Maintenance and Environmental. The changes were made to improve efficiency and to answer the call of increased development within the city.
The Transportation Department continues responsibility for traffic engineering, street lighting, traffic signals, and special projects and represents Salisbury on the Cabarrus Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization. The department adds signs and markings to its list of responsibilities.
The Land and Development Services Department is a newly created from the former Community Planning Services. This department manages responsibilities such as site plan reviews, construction inspections, land development ordinance amendments, subdivisions, zoning enforcement, water, sanitary sewer and stormwater permitting.
The Public Works Department has Maintenance and Environmental service areas that include stormwater, waste and recycling management, cemeteries, grounds and building maintenance, fleet services and street maintenance.