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1988 Zoning Ordinance

On January 1, 2013, Williamson County made effective the update to the Zoning Ordinance.  At that time, the previously used 1988 Zoning Ordinance was replaced and became no longer effective. 

1988 Zoning Ordinance
        Cover Sheet & Table of Contents
        Article I
        Article II
        Article III
        Article IV
        Article V
        Article VI
        Article VII
        Article VIII
        Article IX
        Article X
        Article XI
        Article XII

1988 Official Zoning Map

2013 Zoning Ordinance Public Hearings and Meetings

March 15, 2012, 7:00 PM

Williamson County Regional Planning Commission, Public Hearing

Complete Draft of the Proposed Williamson County Zoning Ordinance

March 21, 2012

Williamson County Regional Planning Commission, Special Called Session

  • Within Article 10, changed the minimum lot width on tracts of five (5) acres or greater from 300 feet to 200 feet;
  • Within Article 10, changed the minimum front yard setback on tracts of five (5) acres or greater from 150 feet to 100 feet; and
  • On the Official Zoning Map, changed the zoning of Parcels 9, 26, 34, 34.01, and 34.02 on Map 106, which are current zoned Suburban and were proposed to be MGA-1, to MGA-H. The revised Proposed Zoning Map can be found by clicking here.

Williamson County Planning Staff is currently working on a revised draft of the UPdate to the Zoning Ordinance and will have it posted as soon as it is completed.

Complete Draft of the Proposed Williamson County Zoning Map

April 14, 2012

Williamson County Regional Planning Commission, Recommendation

On April 13, 2012, the Williamson County Regional Planning Commission has recommended taht the Williamson County Board of County Commissioners adopt the update to the Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map. The Board of County Commissioners wold a public hearing on the update on May 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Zoning Map - County Commission (May 14, 2012)
Zoning Ordinance - County Commission (May 14, 2012)

May 14, 2012

Board of County Commissioners, Adoption

On May 14, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the update to the Williamson County Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Maps, to be effective on January 1, 2013.

Williamson County Zoning Ordinance, effective January 1, 2013
Williamson County Zoning Map, effective January 1, 2013

2013 Zoning Ordinance Development Process

Diagnosis and Annotated Outline

Williamson County is undertaking an extensive update to its Zoning Ordinance, which was adopted in 1988 as a tool to implement the then County's recently adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  Completion of this update is anticipated in the Summer of 2009.  Staff is working with the consulting firm, McBride Dale Clarion to complete this update.

The first step in this process is the diagnosis of the current Zoning Ordinance and the annotated outline of the new Zoning Ordinance.  The diagnosis identifies what is and is not working with the current regulations, and also serves as a basis to frame community discussion about what changes need to be made during the update process.  The annotated outline consists of a detailed outline of how the new Ordinance would be structured if the goals and major themes identified in the diagnosis are implemented in the new Ordinance.

Once feedback and direction has been received regarding the diagnosis and annotated outline, the text of a new Ordinance will be drafted.  This will occur at a later stage in the process.

During the course of the update, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment upon the proposed changes.  Please check back frequently for more information regarding these opportunities.

Module 1 - Administration and Procedure

For the purposes of easier review, the draft revisions to the Williamson County Zoning Ordinance will be undertaken in three modules.  The following is the first module that comprises the articles that address the administration, procedures, and enforcement aspects of the new Zoning Ordinance.

These articles are described further in the introductory language within the draft Module 1 but they generally address the permits, certificates, and special review processes necessary to use or develop land or buildings in the County.  Module 1 also identifies those boards (e.g., the County Commission, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals) and staff members responsible for the review processes.

Note:  There were no comments from the public related to Module 1.

Module 2 - Zoning Districts and Use Regulations

The second module is comprised of the articles that establish the zoning districts and use regulations.  The specifics (e.g., bulk standards) of each zoning district, the table of permitted uses, and the use standards are described in detail throughout these articles.

Revision to Module 2

This Module was revised in May of 2011 to reflect a number of changes that were made by the Zoning Ordinance Update Steering Committee.  The changes were made following the Committee's review of the comment received by the public during the Public Outreach Meetings or submitted by individuals following those meetings.

A listing of each comment received by members of the public regarding Modules 1 and 2, along with the response and reccommendation from staff and the Steering Committee, can be found below.

Module 3 - Development Standards

The third Module is comprised of the articles that establish standards for developments within the unincorporated areas of Williamson County.  These standards include, among other things, parking, signage, landscaping, resource protection, and open space.