Background

PLEASE READ FIRST:

Palestine is currently updating the zoning code and City Council wants to hear what you have to say.

What is zoning? A general purpose of zoning is to locate land uses and activities that are compatible with each other, and to separate or at least lessen negative impacts of near by incompatible land uses and activities.

Zoning codes are local laws that shape land development and will impact your daily life- where you live, shop, play, and work. Zoning can effect daily life in routine tasks, such as how far you drive (or walk) to a store to shop, what kind of store it is, or if the building is historic, or does it continue to look historic, and access to parks and trails.
 
Zoning is not the building codes or platting/subdividing regulations. All three impact development. But zoning is more about what can be seen and heard from the public view. Zoning does not directly regulate the activities inside of a building, only generally such as retail or residential activities. The hours of operation or sales of alcohol are usually covered by other City codes. Zoning may regulate the exterior building materials such as use of Hardie Board, but does not regulate your interior building materials such as counter tops or flooring.

The first section is a questionnaire followed by a second section that is a Visual Character Survey (VCS).
You can skip questions or save your survey and come back to it later.

A few general definitions for this survey may also be helpful:
  • Residential includes both single family and multiple family uses and homes.
  • Single Family are uses and homes that you are most familiar with as a freestanding house that does not share a common wall with another home.
  • Multiple Family are uses and homes that you are most familiar with as apartments and condos, could also include duplexes and quadplexes.
  • Mixed-uses can mean many things. We generally think of mixed-uses as buildings that contain many uses where people can live above restaurants, stores, and offices. But it can also be a mix of uses in a small area that you can walk within 800 feet (or two to four city blocks) to shopping and eating from where you live. In short, this is how we used to build cities and live prior to 1950. Some mixed-use developments are known as live/work spaces.
  • Commercial/Retail includes shopping centers, retail stores, professional offices and services.
  • Industrial includes manufacturing and distribution.

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