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Date Received: ___________
Case Number: SUP ___ ___ ___ ___- ___ ___ ___
The Special Use Permit application process provides a means for City Council, after review and recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission, to authorize certain uses which, although generally appropriate for the district, may have greater impacts on surrounding properties than uses which are permitted by right. Site-specific factors and localized impacts from the use as well as the
proposed mitigation measures must be evaluated.
City Council reviews each application and decides whether to deny, approve, or approve with conditions. Such conditions are necessary to ensure the use’s compatibility with the surrounding area and consistency with the purpose and intent of the Zoning Ordinance.
It is recommended that the applicant discuss the proposed application with staff of the Planning & Zoning Department prior to submission of an application to review plans, ordinances, and other land use issues that may be involved. Submittal of the application occurs at the Planning & Zoning Department’s office listed below:
The amount of time necessary to complete the staff review is variable depending on the complexity of
the Special Use Permit application and the accuracy of the submitted material. Once staff has
reviewed submitted materials, the case is scheduled for public hearing at the Planning & Zoning
Commission. However, the Planning & Zoning Department may determine that additional information or review is necessary prior to being scheduled for public hearing. Incomplete submissions or major changes to the plans during the review process may cause delays in this schedule.
A legal description is required for the property for which a change in zoning is being requested. It must be attached as Exhibit “A”. The description shall include the distance and bearing of the point of beginning from the nearest intersection of streets or roads and shall contain the following statement, signed and notarized
It is important that the required application materials be as clear as possible in the description and presentation of the proposal, as the materials will be forwarded to Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council for their review.
Following receipt of an application, an initial review is conducted to ensure that all required information has been submitted. If deemed complete, it is accepted as a formal application and internal review begins. Staff will work with the applicant on issues that arise during internal review and on proposed conditions to be included in the Planning & Zoning Department staff recommendation to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council. The application will be set for by Public Hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission and a Notice will be mailed to all property owners that are located within 250 feet of the boundary lines of the property proposed for the SUP. This notice shall be given to all affected property owners no less than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Notices of Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council public hearings are advertised in the Daily Commercial Record. Notices are also mailed to nearby property owners. Additionally, a sign is posted on the site with information regarding Planning & Zoning Commission's public hearing. The request for SUP will be advertised in the City’s official newspaper at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled date of the public hearing.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to organize a community meeting to discuss the proposal with property owners and residents prior to the Planning & Zoning Commission's public hearing.
Planning staff will make a presentation to Planning & Zoning Commission summarizing the application and staff’s recommendation. The applicant and any citizens interested in the application are given time to speak. Planning & Zoning Commission will evaluate the application based on the merits of the proposal, considering the purpose of the zoning district affected, the potential impacts of the proposal on the neighboring properties, and any relevant recommendations or policies in the adopted Balch Springs Comprehensive Plan. Planning & Zoning Commission may recommend approval, denial or that additional conditions be imposed before its recommendation is forwarded to City Council.
Following Planning Commission’s hearing, the item will be forwarded to City Council for a public hearing, usually in the month following Planning Commission. Planning staff may make a presentation to City Council summarizing the application and the recommendations. The applicant and any citizens interested in the application are given time to speak. City Council may approve or deny the application and may impose additional conditions. Four affirmative votes of City Council are required for approval.
First & Third Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM ---------------
Held in City Hall, Council Chambers, 13503 Alexander Road
Second & Fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM -------------
Held in City Hall, Council Chambers, 13503 Alexander Road
City of Balch Springs -
Planning & Zoning Department,
13503 Alexander Road,
Balch Springs, Texas, 75181
Electronic Signature Agreement - By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
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