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Zone Change Application

  1. Property Owner

  2. Authorized Representative

    (Notarized affidavit required including signature of legal owner(s))

  3. (Use attachment, if necessary)

  4. (Use attachment, if necessary):

  5. The application fee for a Zone Change is $400.00.

    • An application for a zone change on a property may only be made by the owner of that property and/or an authorized representative of the property owner. An authorized representative shall present a notarized affidavit from the property owner. If the subject property is owned by the City of Big Spring, the Director of Public works or designee may apply for the zone change on behalf of the City.

    • No application will be processed if a zoning violation exists on the property, unless such processing is authorized by City Council. Use of the subject property for any new activity not allowed by present zoning cannot occur before City Council’s final approval of the requested zone change. Any such unauthorized use of the subject property is subject to prosecution in Municipal Court.

    • No application will be processed if a zoning violation exists on the property, unless such processing is authorized by City Council. Use of the subject property for any new activity not allowed by present zoning cannot occur before City Council’s final approval of the requested zone change. Any such unauthorized use of the subject property is subject to prosecution in Municipal Court.

    • If approved, a zone change is applied to the property, not the property owner.

    • The Planning & Zoning Commission makes recommendations to City Council. If the Planning & Zoning Commission recommends approval of a zone change request, the case must still go before City Council for final action

    • If a zone change request is granted by City Council, and the property meets the requirements of the City’s Subdivision Ordinance, permits for building, construction, and/or utility connection may be obtained by the City’s Permits Department.

    • Certain minimum building setbacks from some or all property lines must be maintained, and room for a minimum number of off-street parking spaces must be reserved on a subject property, based on that property’s zoning classification and the nature of its proposed use. A privacy fence may also be required between residential and non-residential zoning districts. These requirements are outline in the City of Big Spring’s Zoning Ordinance. It is the applicant’s benefit to ensure that any proposed development will fit onto the subject property, in compliance with these and other applicable requirements of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

    • The Planning Department will notify, in writing, owners of property within 200 feet of the subject property of the zone change request.

    • If a proposed zone change has been recommended for disapproval by the Planning & Zoning Commission, or if a protest against such proposed change has been filed with the City Secretary, duly signed and acknowledged by the owners of twenty (20) percent or more of the land area contained in the 200 foot notification boundary, then such amendment shall not become effective except by a 3/4ths vote of the City Council.

    • The applicant or an authorized representative should attend public hearings pertaining to the request and be prepared to present the case and answer any relevant questions from the Planning & Zoning Commission or City Council members.

  6. I hereby certify that I am the owner or duly authorized agent of the owner for the purposes of this application. I further certify that I have read and examined this application and know the same to be true and correct. If any of the information provided on this application is incorrect, the permit or approval may be revoked.

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