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Planning & Zoning Commission

Commission Members:

Dale De Mond, Place 1
John Spies, Place 2 (Chairman)
Larry Cooper, Place 3
Jim DuBois, Place 4
Matt Uppole, Place 5
Mark McKinney, Alternate 1
Caleb Pratt, Alternate 2

Which City Ordinance governs the board?

City of Van Alstyne Code of Ordinances, Chapter 46, Article V, Section 46-234.  View the Ordinance here. Please note that at times the published city code may not be up-to-date, so please contact City Hall with any questions or concerns.

When does the P&Z Commission Meet?

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the third Wednesday every month.

Planning and Zoning Commission Agendas and Minutes

How do I prepare?

Please check out the Zoning Change Application form and checklist

How does the zoning change process work?

  1. The applicant places a sign on the property advertising the requested zoning change. This is done as a courtesy and is not required by state law.
  2. The request is reviewed and discussed with the applicant as to its conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, Thoroughfare Plan, Park Plan and other adopted guidelines of the city. Staff then formulates a recommendation to the Planning & Zoning Commission for approval or denial based on this review.
  3. Written notices of the public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission are sent to all property owners within 200 feet of the property to be rezoned, as required by state law. Although state law only requires notice to be given 10 days in advance, our ordinance requires notices to be sent 10 days in advance. In addition, all known homeowner associations within 1500 feet are sent a notice as well. The notices include a response letter that can be sent back registering the property owner’s support or opposition to the case.
  4. The Planning & Zoning Commission holds a public hearing at their regular meeting, and anyone can get up and speak for or against the case. The Commission may recommend approval, denial, or to table a zoning request. If the Commission recommends approval, the case is automatically scheduled for a public hearing before the City Council. If the Commission denies a request, the applicant has 30 days to appeal this decision to the City Council.
  5. Notice of the public hearing before the City Council is published in the newspaper at least 15 days in advance of the hearing. Written notice is not mailed again to individual property owners. The City Council will hold the public hearing, and may approve, deny, or table the applicant’s request.

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