Zoning and development of the Town of Springdale is governed by a Comprehensive Plan which enables the Town to plan and zone, guide development, protect, promote and enhance the quality of life. As a tool to implement the plan, the Town adopted and updates a Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations.
Land Development Ordinance
Platt Springs Road Master Plan
The Zoning ordinance includes a full spectrum of regulations and guidelines that include the following: zoning district regulations, flood damage prevention regulations, conditional use restrictions, prohibited uses, landscape and buffer yard requirements, regulations of signs, communication towers, and antennas, etc. Before any type of construction or alteration to a building may commence, a zoning permit must be obtained from Town Hall.
All applications and permits are available online or at Town Hall. For questions contact Ashley Watkins Town/Zoning Administrator. Should the applicant disagree with the decision of the Zoning Administrator, he/she may appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals (see below).
Design Overlay District
Springdale properties located along Platt Springs Road, Ermine Road, Wattling Road, and Airport Boulevard are subject to the Design Overlay District standards. These requirements and standards are in addition to the primary zoning of the parcel. The goal of this district is to:
·promote unified planning and development along the Town’s major corridors,
·improve and enhance the aesthetic quality of land uses fronting these corridors, and
·foster civic pride.
Where the alteration of the exterior appearance of a building or land is involved, an approved Certificate of Appropriateness is required. The most common standards regulate: signage, architectural details, and changing building/sign/awning colors.
Steps to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness
1. Apply for a zoning permit.
2. Once verified that the property is located in the overlay district, then submit the Certificate of Appropriateness and all supporting documents.
3. Obtain approval from the Design Review Board (or Town Administrator where applicable). The Board was established to authorize permits if it finds that the proposed action would not adversely affect the character and environment of the affected area.
Business located in the home:
1. Apply for a Home Occupation Permit.
2. Apply for business license (to download form, click on Business Licenses on the top right corner).
Business Locating in Existing Commercial Structure:
1. Apply for a Zoning Permit.
2. Apply for a Business License. (If a building has been vacant for 30 days and the previous business/use is no longer permitted in that zoning district, then it is likely the request for a license will be denied. The applicant may appeal the decision of the Administrator to the Board of Zoning Appeals- see below).
3. Apply for a Sign Permit. (A temporary sign permit may be issued for new businesses- see Administrator).
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
If you apply for a zoning permit and disagree with the decision of the zoning administrator, the applicant can appeal the request to the board. The board is required to hold a public hearing prior to making a decision. An applicant may request one of the three appeals:
(1) Action of the Zoning Administrator: the applicant believes that there is an error in the interpretation made by the zoning official. (Zoning Ord. Sec. 6.2.1)
(2) Variance: The applicant believes the literal enforcement of the provisions of the zoning ordinance results in an unnecessary hardship. (Zoning Ord. Sec. 6.2.2).
(3) Special Exception: The applicant is seeking an exception for a use permitted by district regulations as a special exception with specific applicable criteria. (Zoning Ord. Sec. 6.2.3)
Steps to file a Zoning Appeal:
Submit a Notice of Appeal and Request for a Variance, Administrative, or Special Exception ($125 fee). Hearings are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of the month, therefore applications need to besubmitted at least 5weeks before the hearing. A notice of the public hearing is posted in the newspaper and on the subject property at least 15 days prior to the hearing.
The Land development regulations encourage development of an economically sound and stable community in addition to assuring adequate infrastructure and public open spaces. These regulations provide for the orderly development and subdivision of land within the Town. No subdivision plat for any land within the Town shall be filed until it has been submitted to and approved by the Town. Please contact the Administrator to schedule a preliminary plan review.
Amending a Plat
1. Pre-application meeting. To avoid delays, the applicant should discuss the proposed new plat or a revision to an existing plat with the Administrator prior to submitting a preliminary plat.
2.Review and approval of preliminary plat. During the review, the Administrator gives consideration to the Comprehensive Plan and compliance with the minimum design standards (Article 5 Land Development Regulation). Once approved by the Town of Springdale, the plat should be filed with Lexington County.