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One of the principal functions of municipal government is to encourage citizen participation within the framework of local government operations and decision making. During a public hearing, the applicant and people in favor of or opposed to the zoning request may present their views. In addition to speaking at the public hearing, you may also send letters to the Commission and Council either directly or through the Planning and Development Office, or you may discuss the case with the Planning and Development Staff. A petition is a more formal process of registering your support for or opposition to a zoning request. A petition may influence the Planning and Zoning Commission and/or the City Council’s decision. A petition becomes a permanent part of the case and must be filed with staff. Regardless of the type of petition, there is no legal effect on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s vote. A simple majority vote recommending approval or denial of a zoning request is all that is required of the Commission. However, the Commission’s decision may be influenced by petitions of support or opposition. Petitions of support may influence final Council action, but they have no legal effect. Petitions of opposition submitted to staff, that are properly notarized and meet state and local criteria will invoke a required three-fourths vote of approval to permit a change. In order to invoke the mandatory three-fourths approval, the petition must be signed by the owners of at least 20 percent of either:
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You can determine the zoning of a property by looking at the zoning map (on website) Then refer to the Code of Ordinances (Article 9.04 Zoning Ordinance) for District Regulations. Additionally, you can call the Planning and Development Department or send an email to a Planner (see staff directory) if you need additional information regarding zoning.
There are no zoning districts in the ETJ. The city’s zoning authority does not extend to its ETJ. However, the city’s Subdivision Regulations do extend to the ETJ.