Zoning or Specific Use Permits

Development ProcessZoning divides the city into distinct districts for the purpose of ensuring compatible land use patterns, minimizing conflicts between uses, protecting property values, and enhancing the urban environment.  Each zoning district defines the uses allowed and other characteristics such as height, density, and setbacks.

Zoning requests require public hearings before the Plan Commission and City Council.

  • The Plan Commission is comprised of Garland citizens appointed by the City Council members. 
  • The Plan Commission evaluates the following applications:
    1. Changes in Zoning (Planned Development Districts)
    2. Specific Use Permits
    3. Variances to Development Standards 
    4. Waivers to Sidewalk Construction
    5. Waivers to Pedestrian and Utility Easements
  • The Plan Commission is the final decision maker on plats and certain variances and waivers.
  • Some actions of denial of the Plan Commission can be appealed to City Council.
  • The City Council is the final decision maker on matters of zoning, specific use permits, and certain variances and waivers. 
  • The Board of Adjustment makes decisions on requests for variances to the Zoning Ordinance regarding parking, building and lot dimensions, and legal nonconforming issues. 
  • View the Link to Schedule for Development (Zoning) Application

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