Zoning is a municipality's regulation of land uses and associated development. Property must be zoned correctly and satisfy development regulations prior to development permits being issued. The Town of Little Elm has many zoning districts, each with its own requirements and allowed uses. Development plans must comply with development standards within Chapter 106 of the Little Elm Code of Ordinances.
Zoning restrictions ensure safer neighborhoods, more attractive business development, well-designed communities, and are the primary means to protecting Little Elm's long-range tax base. Zoning is also one of several tools Little Elm utilizes in implementing its long range plans. The State of Texas delegates the authority and power to zone land to municipalities via Chapter 211 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Contacting the Planning Department is the first step if one desires to change the zoning on a tract of land. State law strictly governs the rezoning process through a series of legal notices, public hearings, and conformance with the Future Land Use Plan. Factors influencing the outcome may also include compatibility with adjacent zoning districts, proposed land uses, recent zoning trends, adopted development policies, the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission, and other relevant factors.