Community Development

Community Development

723 23rd Avenue


Open: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed: State Holidays

Bunky Partridge

Community Development Director


Fax 601.484.6813

Building & Inspection
Cultural Affairs
Arts District Parking Garage
Union Station
601.693.6471 or 800.USA.RAIL
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
601.693.1663 or 800.231.2222

Welcome to the City of Meridian Community Development Department. Our department serves the needs of the community in the areas of economic, physical and cultural development and growth.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Comprehensive planning concerning land use, zoning, and subdivisions through the Planning Division.
  • Planning and preservation related to historic buildings through the Certified Local Government Program.
  • Urban forestry initiatives, including siting and maintaining of trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout the community.
  • Transportation planning.
  • Research and administration of various federal and state grant/loan programs.
  • Arts, cultural affairs, and special events coordinated by the Cultural Affairs office.
  • Flood plain management related to the Community Rating System.
  • Issuance of building permits, plus management of building inspectors and code enforcement through the Building and Inspection division.
  • Special projects like reapportionment of voting wards, annexation, and neighborhood revitalization.
  • Operation, maintenance and administration of the city's Multi-Modal Transportation Center—Union Station.
  • Serving as staff to the Meridian Urban Renewal Authority, an entity that promotes economic development and redevelopment.
  • Serving as staff to the Meridian Redevelopment Agency, an entity that promotes development of the Freedom Park area.
  • Administering the Urban Renewal Tax Abatement Program.
  • Serving as staff to the Meridian and Bonita Lakes Development Authority, an entity created by state legislation to promote and fund projects/programs that promote economic development throughout Meridian/Lauderdale County, with emphasis on the Bonita Lakes area.
  • Operation, maintenance, and administration of the City's downtown Arts District Parking Garage.