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All property in the city is assigned a zoning classification. Each zoning district allows certain land uses by-right, and other uses subject to Planning and Zoning Commission approval of a specific use permit. If it is determined that the desired use of a property is not allowed by its current zoning classification, the owner may apply for a zoning map change. Application forms are available from the Development Services Assistant, City Planner, Assistant City Planner, or GIS/Planning Technician, who can assist the applicant in completing the application form, if necessary.
Completed applications for zoning changes must be accompanied by a metes and bounds legal description of the subject property if it is not platted, and payment of the application fee. If the property is platted, the description is written in the space provided on the application form. The application fee is nonrefundable, and the amount is based upon the size of the property. Also, in cases where the applicant is not the owner of the property, a letter must be provided from the owner authorizing the applicant to act on their behalf. The zoning change is scheduled for consideration at the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that is at least three weeks from the date of application, and for final consideration by City Council at their next regular meeting following the Commission hearing. The three-week deadline is necessary to meet the minimum public notice requirements, which include publication in the local newspaper and letters sent to owners of property within 200 feet of the proposed zoning change.
The applicant/owner will receive the same written public hearing notice that is mailed to surrounding property owners. The notice provides the times and dates of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings. A map showing the location of the property in relation to surrounding streets and zoning boundaries is printed on the back of the notice.
A few days before the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, the applicant/owner will receive a copy of the meeting agenda and a copy of the staff report. The staff report summarizes the background information pertaining to the request, and generally contains a recommendation from the City Planner. The recommendation may be based, in part, on whether or not the requested zoning classification is consistent with the future land use map of the Lockhart 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
The applicant, owner, or other representative of the property should attend the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to explain their request and answer any questions the commissioners may have. After hearing from all persons who wish to speak either in favor of or in opposition to the proposed zoning change, and after receiving the staff's recommendation, the Commission votes to recommend approval or denial to City Council.
The City Council hearing follows a similar format as the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Council's vote is final, and may or may not follow the Commission's and/or staff's recommendations. In the case of approval, any pending permits may then be issued subject to compliance with all other applicable codes and ordinances.
For most types of permits, inspections must be requested at specific stages of construction, and the facility may be occupied or used only after it passes a final inspection. In the case of new buildings, a certificate of occupancy is the last step in the process. If utilities are involved, this is when the temporary status is changed to permanent service.
Zoning Change Application
Development Services Contacts
Map of the Lockhart 2020 Comprehensive Plan
A list of license and bond requirements, which vary by the type of license desired, should be obtained from the Development Services Assistant at the counter in the lower level of city hall.
When all items have been submitted and approved, the Development Services Assistant prepares the license, while the applicant pays the required fee at the cashier's window in the main lobby.
The applicant is given the license card upon presentation of the receipt to the Development Services Assistant showing that the fee is paid.
Building and electrical contractor licenses, and plumbing and mechanical contractor information, must be renewed/updated annually by December 31. The renewal requirements and fees are listed on the same sheet as the requirements for new applications.
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
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MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Lew White, Mayor
Angie Gonzales-Sanchez, Mayor Pro-Tem
Brad Westmoreland, Council Member At-Large
Juan Mendoza, Council Member District 1
John Castillo, Council Member District 2
Benny Hilburn, Council Member District 3
Jeffry Michelson, Council Member District 4
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