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Planning and Zoning Commission

The Board of Commissioners shall appoint a Planning and Zoning Commission composed of five (5) members and two (2) alternates.  The Director of Planning, or his authorized representative, shall be an ex-officio member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment without power of vote and as an ex-officio member of such board shall set up and maintain a separate file for each application for appeal.

The planning and zoning commission shall, from time to time, either at its discretion or as requested by the board of commissioners [city commission], submit its reports, plans and recommendations for the orderly growth, development and welfare of the city in accordance with chapter 283, Acts of the Regular Session of the Legislature, 1927, being Vernon’s Ann. Civ. St. arts. 1011a–1011j [V.T.C.A., Local Government Code ch. 211]. Such commission shall also perform other duties as may be prescribed by ordinance or state law; or as follows:

1.         To recommend the boundaries of the various districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced therein under this ordinance, the Charter of the City of Pharr or the laws of the State of Texas to the board of commissioners [city commission] of the City of Pharr, and to recommend approval or denial of zoning changes and regulations under this ordinance, the Charter of the City of Pharr or the laws of the State of Texas.

2.         To hear, recommend, or determine any matter relating to zoning, planning or subdivision control as may be specified or required under this ordinance, the Charter of the City of Pharr, or the laws of the State of Texas.

3.         To exercise such duties and powers as may be now or hereafter conferred by ordinance, the Charter of the City of Pharr, or applicable laws of the State of Texas.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Commissioners shall appoint a Board of Adjustments composed of five (5) members and two (2) alternates.  The Director of Planning, or his authorized representative, shall be an ex-officio member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment without power of vote and as an ex-officio member of such board shall set up and maintain a separate file for each application for appeal.

Building and Standards Commission

The Building and Standards Commission shall consist of not less than seven members. Three members shall be chosen from the general public and four members shall be chosen from the following professions, with no more than two from each specific field:  master electrician, master plumber, building contractor, and registered architect and professional engineer. The Director of Planning or his authorized representative shall be an ex officio member of the Building and Standards Commission without power of vote. At a public hearing relative to any case before the Building and Standards Commission, any interested party may appear in person or be represented by agent or by attorney. The burden of proof shall be on the owner to establish the necessary facts to warrant favorable action of the Board.

Information with regards to the organization, operational procedures, actions, jurisdiction, etc. for these Commissions/Boards may be found in the Pharr Code of Ordinances.

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