Planning & Zoning Commission

Who They Are
The Planning & Zoning Commission consists of seven volunteers from the community; at least five must be within the planning and platting jurisdiction of the City. The Mayor appoints the volunteers at the start of a new administration, where they are approved by the City Council. Members serve a staggered two year term until they are removed or their successors are appointed.

What They Do
The duties of the Commission include final decision on applications for variances; applications referred by the Planning Director; applications for Special Use Permits and appeals from a decision made by the Planning Director. The Commission also makes recommendations to City Council for applications of adoptions and amendments to the City's Zoning & Development Code; Official Zoning Map; Comprehensive Plan and additions, deletions or changes to the use categories allowed in any district.

When They Meet
Planning & Zoning Commission meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, within the City Council Chambers, at 6 pm, unless otherwise noted. see Agenda.

Planning Commissioners

A. Erle Wright, Parliamentarian (since 7/2006)
Adán Casados (since 3/2019)
Anissa Martinez (since 7/2006)
Clyde Vigil, Chairman (since 8/2012)
Dina Quintana (since 3/2019)
Eric Martinez, Vice Chairman (since 4/2018)

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  1. Variance
  2. Special Use
  3. Special Exception
  4. Historic
  5. Other Request Types

Variance Request

($100/residential  &  $500/commercial)

A Variance is a request to deviate from current zoning ordinances;  It is not a change in zoning, but a waiver from the requirements of a zoning ordinance.  Approved variances are permanent changes that stay with the property - not the property owner.  During the review of any variance request, the Planning Commission will decide to approve, conditionally approve or deny the request based on whether or not all the variance review criteria set forth here within Municipal Code, Chapter 350, §406 has been met. If a request does not meet all four of the listed criteria, the request shall be denied.