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Development codes and ordinances are based upon protecting the public health, safety, and general welfare, and are a primary means of implementing the community's master plan for the future. Although it's not as critical in rural areas, the potential for conflict among neighbors and between individual property owners and the larger community increases in cities, which have a greater density of population and buildings. Also, there are more signs, fences, and cars, etc., in urban areas. For example, the City has minimum requirements for off-street parking in order to minimize congestion in the streets, which is a legitimate public concern.

Building, electrical, plumbing, and fire codes not only help ensure the health and safety of building occupants, but also to prevent fires and structural, electrical, or plumbing failures that could potentially affect adjoining public or private property. The requirement for permits helps the applicant comply with all applicable codes and ordinances by providing a mechanism for City review of the proposed work, and for follow-up inspections as necessary.

Abandoned vehicles, dilapidated buildings, junk, and tall weeds can pose health and safety risks, as well as negatively affect property values and the over-all community appearance. Similarly, zoning protects property values by separating incompatible land uses and providing minimum lot standards. Minimum building setbacks are established to ensure that each property has adequate exposure to light and air, as well as space around buildings for maintenance and emergency access. The division of property ownership without the City's review and approval of a subdivision plat could result in someone unwittingly buying property that does not have adequate street access or utilities, or which is of a size or shape that does not meet the minimum standards.

These are examples of limitations and requirements that benefit individual property owners by protecting them against possible actions by their neighbor that could negatively affect their health or safety, while also protecting the greater public interest in having a functional and attractive community. Development Services administers and enforces codes and ordinances either contained in or referenced in the following chapters of the City Code. The staff authority who makes interpretations/ determinations for each chapter is indicated in italics.
 Chapter 12  Buildings and Building Regulations - Building Official
 Chapter 22

 Floods (Article II, Flood Hazard Areas)-City Planner & City Engineer

 (Article III, Stormwater Drainage and Flood Control) - City Engineer

 Chapter 26  Health and Sanitation - Health Officer
 Chapter 28  Historic Districts and Landmarks - Historical Preservation Officer
 Chapter 30  Housing (Article II, Housing Code) - Building Official
 Chapter 31  Impact Fees - City Planner
 Chapter 34  Manufactured Home Parks - City Planner
 Chapter 46  Signs - City Planner & Building Official
 Chapter 52  Subdivision Regulations - City Planner & City Engineer
 Chapter 60  Vegetation (Article II, Trees) - Building Official
 Chapter 64  Zoning - City Planner

 

View City of Lockhart Ordinances on-line

 

If you still have questions, contact Development Services by phone at 512/398-3461, e-mail, or in person. We can provide additional information and all necessary application forms.



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