Zoning is one of the major functions of municipal government, authorized by State Law, which divides the City into distinct districts for the purpose of regulating the use and development of the land. Through the zoning process, the City attempts to ensure compatible land use patterns by minimizing conflicts between uses and, therefore, protecting property values and enhancing the urban environment.
The City of Harker Heights' Zoning Ordinance is a body of regulations pertaining to allowable uses within given zoning districts, characteristics of the sites occupied by those uses, and the geographic area contained within the boundaries of zoning districts. When considering the future uses of a property in the City of Harker Heights, your first step will be to consult the Planning and Development Department. The planning staff is available to assist you in making this determination and will serve as your point of contact for information throughout the zoning process.
If it is determined that your proposed use conflicts with the allowable uses within the existing zoning district, you may consider making application for a request to change the designated zoning of your site to one that will accommodate your use.
Your first step in the zoning change process (which establishes an actual amendment to the Zoning Ordinance) will be to contact the Planning Staff to discuss the nature of your zoning request. Staff will help you explore the feasibility of your request. Your request will be reviewed for its compatibility with the existing land uses and the City of Harker Heights Land Use Plan.
The second step will be the submission of your application for zoning change, Planned Development District, or Conditional Use Permit. Note that all property owners within 400 feet of the subject property are notified of the zoning change and are invited to attend all public hearings concerning the zoning change.
Following application submission, your case will be heard by the Planning & Zoning Commission, who will make recommendation regarding your request to the City Council. The City Council will, in turn, decide the final disposition of your request.