Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month to hear and approve rezoning of property, subdividing of property and other planning and zoning issues. Any matters brought before the planning and zoning commission must subsequently be approved by the mayor and the town council in the form of an ordinance.

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Blueprint of a City: Our master plan

In 2012, the Walker City Council approved Blueprint of a City: A Community Vision for Walker, Louisiana. Coordinated by nationally renowned planning firm Kendig Keast Collaborative, this master plan was based on nearly a year of community input and professional planning study. It lays out a plan for smart growth that is based on how the people of Walker would like this community to develop. To see the plan, click here.

How the planning & zoning process works

Property owners who want to have property rezoned or subdivided must complete an application packet from the City of Walker. These are available at the Permit Department in the Municipal Building, 10136 Florida Boulevard. Or, to obtain one online, click here.

To be included on the agenda, a completed application packet and payment of a $30 planning and zoning fee are due in the Permit Department office two weeks before the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, which is held on the second Monday of each month.

The procedure for approval takes approximately three months from start to finish, barring any unforeseen problems. Each application must go through the following steps before approval is granted.

Procedure for approval

Step 1: Required material is submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission for review.
Step 2: Notice of the public meeting is posted in the newspaper.
Step 3: After discussion at a public meeting, the Commission votes to approve or deny the request and forwards its recommendation to the City Council.
Step 4: At the first City Council meeting, the Commission recommendation is introduced and the Council votes to have a public hearing. It will be scheduled for the next Council meeting.
Step 5: The public hearing is held and the City Council then votes to accept or reject the recommendation from the Commission.

The procedure from start to finish takes approximately three months, excluding any unforeseen problems.

Application requirements

1. Proof of ownership of the property for which rezoning is being requested. Only the land owner can rezone or subdivide the property
2. A completed application. To obtain one online, click here.
3. A $30 application fee.
4. A courthouse filing fee of $102 per page up to 11x17and $150 per page for any pages larger than 11x17.
5. The application, proof of ownership, $30 fee and map [see requirements below] must be submitted to the Planning & Zoning secretary or an authorized representative no later than two weeks prior to the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to be placed on that month's agenda.
6. A representative MUST be present at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting at the time the application is submitted, in order to answer any questions the Commission may have.
7. Planning & Zoning Commission meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at the Walker Municipal Building, 10136 Florida Boulevard.

Requirements for maps
submitted with application

All maps submitted with the rezoning or subdividing application packet must include the following items:

1. Description of the property.
2. Owner's name, address and telephone number.
3. Land surveyor's/engineer's name, address, telephone, stamp and/or seal.
4. Existing property lines.
5. Existing building.
6. Existing drainage ditches and canals.
7. Ownership of adjoining properties with addresses.
8. Names of any adjoining subdivision.
9. Vicinity map at 1 inch to 2,000 feet or larger.
10. Date.
11. Signature lines for the following:

A. Planning & Zoning Commission chairperson [Mr. William G. Webster]
B. Mayor Bobby Font
C. The property owner

12. North arrow.
13. Graphics scale.
13. Size: 11 x 17
14. Number of copies: 12 maps meeting the above requirements.

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Building codes

Your plans will be reviewed for code compliance. For a list of applicable construction codes and editions, click here.