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What is the zoning ordinance?
The Zoning Ordinance consists of the official zoning map, which divides the city into zoning districts, and the zoning text, which contains the standards and procedures that apply to the zoning districts. It regulates the use of land and buildings, and contains standards for lot size and residential density, building height and placement, and off-street parking. Special uses such as manufactured homes are also addressed. Even if no construction is proposed, any change in the use of land or a building must comply with the Zoning Ordinance.
How can the zoning of a property be changed?
If a use is proposed that is not allowed by the current zoning of a property, the owner has the option of applying to change the zoning classification to one which would allow the desired use. Such applications are considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission in a public hearing for which owners of property within 200 feet of the subject property are notified in case they desire to express their support or opposition. The Commission votes on a recommendation to City Council. The Council then holds a public hearing before voting to approve or deny the proposed zoning change. In addition to any neighborhood opposition, other factors such as consistency with the City's Future Land Use Plan map and possible impacts such as traffic and noise are considered in the zoning change process.
How to apply for a zoning map change
What is a specific use?
Specific uses are listed for each zoning classification. Those uses are potentially appropriate in the district, but may need to meet special conditions in order to minimize any negative impacts. Applications for specific use permits involve the same notification and public hearing process as for zoning changes, but are reviewed and decided only by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission may attach conditions to any specific use permit that is approved.
specific use permits
How to apply for a specific use permit
Is it possible to obtain a variance?
When a lot, building, or parking area cannot reasonably comply with one or more requirements of the Zoning Ordinance due to unique circumstances that cause an exceptional hardship such that no viable use can be made of the property, the owner may apply for a zoning variance. Zoning variances are decided by the Zoning Board of Adjustment following the usual public notification and hearing process. The Board may attach conditions to any variance that is approved.
How to apply for a zoning, sign variance, or special exception
Can a manufactured home be placed on a residential lot?
Yes, under certain conditions. Manufactured homes are allowed by-right in the MH district, and as a specific use in the RMD and RHD districts. However, in all cases they must meet the standards listed in the Zoning Ordinance, which include being brand new from the factory and not having an overall horizontal dimension less than 24 feet. There are other standards pertaining to the foundation, floor height, orientation on the lot, etc. Single-wide manufactured homes are allowed only in manufactured home parks and are exempt from some of the other standards such as being new. The installation of a mobile home manufactured before June 15, 1976, is prohibited in all locations. A complete list of standards for manufactured homes on residential lots is contained in this booklet.
Standards for manufactured homes on residential lots.
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
Open Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(512) 398-3461 City Hall
(512) 376-2475 Utilities
(512) 376-9469 Municipal Court
(512) 398-6452 Public Works
(512) 398-4401 Police Department
(512) 398-2321 Fire Department
(512) 398-3223 Public Library
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
Kara McGregor, Council Member District 3
Jeffry Michelson, Council Member District 4
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