Keller's Public Hearing Process

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The City of Keller conducts public hearings for development applications in accordance with State law and the city’s Unified Development Code, allowing citizens the opportunity to voice their opinion.

Public hearings are held by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Keller City Council for any application:

  • Requesting a change in a zoning classification (rezoning),
  • Requiring a specific use permit (SUP), or
  • Requesting a text amendment to the Unified Development Code Ordinance

Public hearings at the Planning and Zoning Commission are scheduled by staff upon the receipt of a complete written application for one of the above actions; public hearings at the City Council level are scheduled once the Commission has made its recommendation.

How do I receive notice of public hearings?

The process for providing notice of public hearings differs between the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council levels, and differs according to the type of request and a property owner’s proximity to the affected property.

Planning & Zoning Commission

Rezoning or SUP Request

  • Written notice of the public hearing is mailed 10 days prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to owners — according to the latest municipal tax roll — of real property or land within 300 feet of the property under consideration. As a courtesy, written notice is also sent at this time to known Homeowners Association contacts within 300 feet of the subject property.
  • At least one sign is placed on the subject property 10 days prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting date. This sign will, if possible, be placed adjacent to a public street, and will state the case number and contact phone number for anyone seeking additional information on the request.

Text Amendment Request

  • Notice of the public hearing is published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at least 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing.
    Keller City Council
  • Notice of the public hearing is published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.

Keller City Council

  • Notice of the public hearing is published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.

How do I submit written opposition or support?

Any citizen may submit written opposition or support for a development application, but state law also provides additional consideration for property owners in close proximity to certain development applications (see below).

Written opposition or support must:

  • Reference the particular development application
  • Definitively (and not conditionally) state your position for or against a development application
  • Include your physical address and printed name(s) with signatures
  • Be submitted to the city’s Community Development Department no later than noon on the day of the scheduled public hearing.

Letters may be hand-delivered to Keller Town Hall (1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.) scanned and emailed to communitydevelopment@cityofkeller.com, or mailed to:

Community Development
c/o City of Keller
PO Box 770
Keller, TX 76244

Triggering a Supermajority Vote

Most development applications may be approved by a simple majority of the Keller City Council (4 out of 7 members), but written opposition has the power to require a three-fourths majority vote for approval (6 out of 7 members). A three-fourths majority vote is required by State law when either:

  • A zoning change or specific use permit application is protested by the owners of at least 20 percent of the area of land adjacent to and within 200 feet* of the subject property; or
  • A zoning change or specific use permit application is protested by the owners of at least 20 percent of the area of land of the subject property for the application (in a scenario when a rezoning case is initiated by the city rather than a property owner).

*While the Keller City Council voted in September 2013 to extend the notification area for rezoning and SUP applications to 300 feet to enhance communication and government transparency, state law precludes property owners living more than 200 feet from the subject property in supermajority calculations.

To trigger the three-fourths majority vote, written opposition must meet the following criteria as set by State law:

  • It must be submitted by property owners as indicated by the most recently approved municipal tax roll (On Feb. 5, 2013, City Council amended the UDC to clarify that “most recently approved municipal tax roll” shall mean the annual supplemental tax roll from Tarrant Appraisal District as amended by the most recent monthly update.)
  • The names must match the names on the most recently approved municipal tax roll and signatures must be provided (To be able to verify ownership, printed names and property addresses must also be provided.)
  • If the most recently approved municipal tax roll lists multiple owners for a parcel of land, all persons listed as owners of the property must provide signatures.

As noted above, written opposition or support must be submitted to the City of Keller Community Development Department no later than noon on the day of the Keller City Council public hearing.

Questions?

For more information about any of these topics, please contact the Community Development Department at 817-743-4130 or communitydevelopment@cityofkeller.com.