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The Planning Department is responsible for land use development management through administration of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, implementation of the Thoroughfare Plan, Streetscape Plan, other physical development plans, ordinances, policies and procedures of the city. The Planning Department:
The Planning and Zoning Commission is a recommending body to the City Council on planning issues, including zoning, platting, ordinance amendments and related planning matters. They are the Site Plan approval authority and have been granted the right to approve Final Plats in some instances. View current Commission members.
Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings are routinely held:
The city is 14.71 square miles.
40,310 as of January 1, 2016.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is a recommending body to the City Council on all zoning, platting, and development matters. They are the Site Plan approval authority and have been granted the right to approve Final Plats in some instances.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meets every third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Call the Planning Department at (972) 304-3678 and ask to speak with a planner on staff. The zoning cases are listed on the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council agendas posted in City Hall at least 72 hours prior to the respective meetings, and are published in the Citizens' Advocate newspaper. Planning and Zoning Commission Agendas, Minutes and Packets are available in the Public Document Database. Access these via the City Secretary parent folder, 10-Boards & Commissions subfolder, and then the Planning and Zoning Commission subfolder.
All property owners on the most recently approved tax roll located within 200 feet of the zoning change request are notified by mail at least 10 days prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. A zoning notification sign is also placed on the subject property 10 days prior to the hearing and remains on the property until the city takes action on the request.
Send in your written opposition to the Planning Department prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The planning staff may be contacted to obtain detailed information on the case. A staff report is available the Monday before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Encourage all surrounding property owners to attend the public hearing.
Yes. It would take an affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of all the members of City Council (6 out of 7) to overrule a recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission that a proposed zoning change be denied.
The protest must be written and signed by the property owners of at least 20% of either the area of lots or land covered by the proposed change or the areas of lots or land immediately adjoining the area covered by the proposed change, extending 200 feet from that area.
The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan intended to direct growth and physical development of a community for decades. The plan includes policies relative to physical development, transportation, parks and open space and economic development. It provides for the distribution and relationship of various land uses. The plan also serves as a basis for future development recommendations. Whereas, the Zoning Ordinance regulates the use of land and site development. It controls size of land area, size of yards, building coverage, height of structures, amount of landscaping, among several other things. Any violation of the Zoning Ordinance carries a penalty of up to $2,000 dollars for each offense.
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