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Regulating the way in which property develops also provides citizens with an idea of the type of future development which can occur in their neighborhood or adjacent to their business.
Zoning is also one of several tools to use in implementing the Town’s long-range plans.
For example, in the more intense commercial and industrial districts, there are increased setback and screening standards when located next to residentially-zoned properties. These standards decrease adverse impacts on residential property.
The Town of Little Elm has 22 zoning districts each with their own requirements and allowed uses.
In addition, an applicant can ask for a Planned Development, which allows the applicant to “pick and choose” their uses and development requirements. A PD will require additional reviews by Town Staff prior to going to public hearing and the applicant will have to provide the Town with detailed site plans along with their application.
Zoning Request(<50 acres): $500
Zoning Request(>50 acres): $500 + $10/acre
Planned Development(PD): $900 + $20/acre
Specific Use Permit(SUP): $300
All uses listed in a chart in Section 6 of our Zoning Ordinance. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 214-975-0472 to verify the type of zoning you need for a specific use. Staff will discuss your proposed uses and whether those uses are permitted in your current zoning district. If your intended use is not permitted, staff will advise you as to the zoning district you would need to apply for.
The Planning staff will discuss the surrounding zoning, land uses, recent area zoning trends, adopted development-related policies and any other factors important to your zoning change. Staff will also provide you with a zoning application form and a submittal schedule.
The applicant will also be held responsible to make sure that a sign is erected on the property making the public hearing known. Sign specifications, applications and other information is available below.
The process for obtaining a SUP is similar to the zoning process. The Planning and Zoning Commission, Town Council and/or Town Staff may require a site plan and/or a feasibility study to be included with the SUP application. Section 6 of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance lists what SUPs are available in each Zoning District.
In addition to speaking at the Public Hearing, you may also send letters to the Commission and Council or discuss the case with the members. A more formal process is to submit a petition of support of opposition to the case.