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General Information

First established on September 7, 1944, the Mobile City Planning Commission is comprised of an 11-member board of volunteers. Ten members are appointed by the Mayor and one member is appointed by the City Council. In order to help develop the Master Plan and work to enforce it through the Zoning Ordinance and the subdivision of land, the Planning Commission maintains a staff of professional planners and technicians.

Urban planning utilizes law, government and public participation to create a more efficient, aesthetic and economically viable city, and the most important element of Urban Planning is the adoption of, and adherence to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is the City’s policy statement outlining the manner in which physical development should generally occur. The Plan describes current and future development patterns of the City in regard to existing roads, schools, parks, libraries and land use patterns, recommending methods for the City in dealing with, and improving upon these conditions. However, the Plan serves as a general guide for the Planning Commission and City Council, not a detailed district plan or mandate for development. The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1995.

The Planning Commission meets regularly to recommend amendments to the Zoning Ordinance as well as review applications for Planned Unit Development, Planning Approval and Subdivisions of land. The Commission also hears appeals of the denial of Tree Removal/Trim Permits and Sidewalk Waiver requests. Below is a brief description of meeting procedure and the aforementioned applications.
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Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Staff Reports

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Meeting Procedure

The Mobile City Planning Commission generally meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mobile Government Plaza (Meeting/Deadline Schedule (pdf)).

Meetings are divided into two sessions. The first is the public hearing in which cases are heard and the public has an opportunity to voice their concerns and ask any questions they may have. The Commission allows four speakers in support of an application and four speakers in opposition to an application; each speaker is given five minutes to express their views.

The second portion of the meeting is the deliberation session. It is in this session that the Commission members discuss the issues and vote. Everyone is permitted to remain and listen to the discussion and voting; however, the Commission allows no additional input from the audience.
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Application Descriptions

Zoning Amendments
Zoning Amendment Application
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Zoning Amendment applications are most often requests to rezone land from one type of zoning classification to another. Based on sound planning principles, surrounding zoning classifications, land uses and past trends, the Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council. Another less frequent amendment changes the text of the Zoning Ordinance as it relates to the development of land citywide. For all Zoning Amendment applications, the Mobile City Council is the final authority.
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Planning Approval
Planning Approval Application
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Planning Approval is required for specific uses in certain districts to evaluate the appropriateness of the use in relation to the surrounding development. This would include such uses as churches and schools in residential areas. The Commission reviews the surrounding area and site plan to determine the compatibility of the proposal. Appeals of the Commission’s decision are made to the City Council.
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Planned Unit Development
Planned Unit Development Application
(pdf)
The Zoning Ordinance requires a separate building site for each building other than accessory buildings; however, in order to accommodate flexible site design, an applicant may request Planned Unit Development approval from the Commission. This application reviews the proposal to ensure that the site is suitable for the size, location and character of the uses and buildings proposed, and most typically applies to residential developments of an innovative nature, as well as shopping centers and industrial parks.
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Subdivision
Subdivision Application
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Subdivision Approval is required whenever a new lot is being created, or an existing lot line is being removed, or shifted. The Planning Commission reviews all such applications within the corporate limits of Mobile, as well as the Planning Jurisdiction which extends five miles beyond the corporate limits. This approval ensures that the proposed subdivision of land complies with the minimum requirements of the Subdivision Regulations, including but not limited to minimum lot size and adequate access. All appeals of the Commission’s decision regarding subdivision applications are to the Circuit of Mobile County.
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Sidewalk Waiver Request
Sidewalk Waiver Request
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The Subdivision Regulations
(pdf) require the provision of a sidewalk along all street frontages whenever a lot is developed; however, due to existing topographic features and other unique circumstances, the provision of a sidewalk may not be feasible. In these unique situations, an applicant may apply to the Commission and request a waiver of the sidewalk(s) requirements.
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Contacts

Anyone wishing to submit an application or inquire about the Planning Commission can contact the Commission’s staff for assistance by calling (251) 208-5895 or via e-mail at palombo@cityofmobile.org or hoffmanb@cityofmobile.org.
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Download Application Forms

Zoning Extension Request (pdf)
Acquisition of Private Right-of-way Easement by Eminent Domain (pdf)
Administrative Planned Unit Development Application (pdf)
Appeal of Denial of Tree Removal/Trim Permit (pdf)
Planning Commission Application (Planning Approval, Planned Unit Development and Rezoning Applications) (pdf)
Sidewalk Waiver Request (pdf)
Subdivision Application (pdf)

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