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Planning & Zoning


The City enforces the Subdivision Ordinance within city limits and extra-territorial jurisdication of three-miles outside city limit boundaries. Anyone who owns or has recently purchased a tract of land, might have to subdivide property prior to issuance of permits. 

Subdivision Deadlines for 2021
iconfinder_2561262_download_cloud_icon_512px Subdivision Deadline Calendar                 
iconfinder_2561262_download_cloud_icon_512px Subdivision Application


Subdivision plats provide the subdivision of land that can be legally defined (i.e. Lot 6, block 239 of the Bright Light Subdivision). Plats are required to show how land will be subdivided. It is checked to assure it abides by the Unified Development code rules adopted in August 2007. Plats must be prepared by a licensed surveyor, land planner and/or engineer and they must sign the plat.
If land is already platted, it can be re-platted to further subdivide existing subdivision plat and changes can be made to the layout of lots, reserves, building setback lines and easements. 

A public hearing is required when conditions exist within the original plat boundary. Public hearings are held before Planning & Zoning Commission meetings. Residents within 300-feet of the property being replatted will be mailed notification letters. If no variances are requested, Planning & Zoning Commission must approve the replat if it meets the rules Unified Development Code rules and does not violate state law. 

A variance is a deviation from the strict compliance of the rules and regulations of the Unified Development Code. The Planning & Zoning Commission has discretionary authority if a plat requires a variance or special exception. Applicant must document reasonable hardship for variance. Meaning that applying the Unified Development Code rules would make the land difficult to develop without the variance.