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Planning & Engineering

The Planning and Engineering Department is led by City Administrator, Jim Osborne. The department works with area developers, land owners, citizens, and business owners to facilitate the overall progress of new construction developments as well as maintain the current infrastructure.

Planning staff also support the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustments. A comprehensive land use plan for the City of Murray was completed in September of 2009 which lays out a long-term plan for growth in our community.

A Zoning Ordinance is in place which lays out the regulations for each of the Zoning Districts within the City of Murray. Subdivision regulations lay out the guidelines for requirements in developing a subdivision. See our forms area for quick access to commonly submitted forms and frequently requested publications.

City of Murray Planning Department Mission Statement

Plan for growth while preserving community values and increasing our environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The purpose of the City of Murray Planning Department is to apply best practices to:

  1. Ensure efficient land use, development and growth management,
  2. Ensure compliance with city policies and standards and
  3. Provide the citizens and residents of Murray and Calloway County with information and responsive customer service.

Tax Moratorium Program Form


American Planning Association
Kentucky Chapter, American Planning Association
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning
Murray Board of Zoning Adjustments
Murray Planning Commission


Phone: (270) 762-0300
FAX: (270) 762-0331

Staff Member Position Telephone/Ext. Email Address
Candace Dowdy Planner 270-762-0350 ext. 1147
Chris Edwards Engineering Assistant/Gas 270-762-0350 ext. 1124
Chris Lamm GIS Supervisor 270-762-0350 ext. 1125
Keith Miller Building Official 270-762-0350 ext. 1135
Marisa Stewart Projects Manager 270-762-0350 ext. 1134
Reta Gray Administrative Assistant 270-762-0350 ext. 1132
Shane Knight Building Inspector/Engineering Asst. 270-762-0350 ext. 1131