Planning Board


  • 4 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday of each month 


The Panama City Planning Board is designated as the local planning agency and acts in an advisory capacity to the City Commission. The Planning Board holds public hearings on all proposals to change land use and land development regulations. The board makes recommendations to the commission regarding the adoptions and amendments of the Comprehensive Plan and changes in zoning of property.

The City Planning Department must evaluate the impact of any potential development as a result of a Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment as it relates to the maximum developable potential of the request. The proposal is evaluated for:

  • Capacities of solid waste
  • Existing or planned park space (residential development only)
  • Potable water
  • Sanitary sewer systems
  • Stormwater
  • Transportation levels of service

In addition, the impact of any residential development must be evaluated against the existing school system capacity.

The Department prepares the agenda for Planning Board meetings. Planning Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 p.m., unless otherwise scheduled due to holidays or City Commission meeting dates. For information concerning Planning Board agenda items, please call the Planning and Land Use Department at 850-872-3025.

For applications please see: Application Forms for Planning Board


The City of Panama City issued a Conditional Development Order to Suzuki Motor America, Inc. for 1 Suzuki Way in Panama City, Florida on April 28, 2021.

The Suzuki Motor Test Center Major Development Order Application has been reviewed and found in compliance with the City of Panama City's Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. On April 19, 2021, after consideration at a duly noticed public hearing, the Panama City Planning Board approved the Major Development Order subject to the conditions below. 

  • The marine facility shall be constructed consistent with Suzuki Exhibit #5. Boats shall be permitted to moor parallel to end of the t-docks and shall be prohibited from mooring perpendicular to the t-docks, i.e. stern to the dock or bow to the dock.
  • Boats using the marine facility, including, but not limited to the boat ramp and upland facilities, shall operate at a no wake speed when navigating to or from the channel at the mouth of Robinson Bayou or at anytime within Robinson Bayou.
  • In the event that the current owner or any subsequent owner or user of the facility intends to use the upland facility or marine facility as a commercial marina or private marina, then an application for such use shall be submitted to the Planning Board for review as Major Development Order.
  • The marine facility shall not be constructed unless and until a permit or approval is issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is issued and the time for appeal of such permit or approval has run or otherwise been exhausted.

Conditional Development Order Document:

An Owner, Applicant or Adversely affected Party desiring to appeal the approval of this Conditional Development Order shall file the appeal within ten (10) working days of the date this Conditional Development Order is issued. The appeal petition shall be filed with the Planning Department and shall state the following:

  • The legal description, address and project name (if applicable) that pertains to the appeal.
  • The provisions of the Unified Land Development Code that pertain to the appeal with the Planning Board's interpretation, and the applicant's interpretation outlined.
  • Reasons why the petitioner believes the Planning Board's interpretation is incorrect must be stated.