Opp Planning Department
The planning commission is authorized and empowered to make and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the city, including any areas outside its boundaries which, in the commission's judgment, bear relation to the planning of the City of Opp. Such plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive matter, shall show the commission's recommendations for the development of such territory, including among other things the general location, character, and extent of streets, playgrounds, parks, and other public ways, grounds and open spaces, the general location of public buildings and other public property, and the general location and extent of public utilities and terminals, whether publicly or privately owned or operated, for water, light, sanitation, transportation, communication, power, and other purposes; also the removal, relocation, widening, narrowing, vacating, abandonment, change of use or extension of any of the foregoing ways, grounds, open spaces, buildings, property, utilities, or terminals as well as a zoning plan for the control of the height, area, bulk, location and use of the buildings and premises.
The Planning Board is hereby authorized and empowered to exercise all powers and do all things authorized to such Planning Board by section 11-52-6 et seq., Code of Alabama 1975, as amended, as it may deem necessary for its work. The Planning Board is also authorized and empowered to exercise all powers and to do all things authorized to such Planning Board by such law, and to exercise such control as it authorized under such law with reference to subdivision of unimproved property.
Capital Improvement Program
During the July 1, 2013 meeting, the Mayor and Council adopted the City's first official Capital Improvement Program.
A zoning ordinance is the formal codification of land use policies for a city, district, county, or other unit of government. The goal of a zoning ordinance is to establish permitted uses for land covered by the ordinance, and to distinguish between different types of uses which may be incompatible. In addition to defining specific types of land use, zoning ordinances also usually divide a region into "zones" where certain types of permitted use can occur, which explains the name.
Historically, once people bought land, they were largely allowed to do whatever they wanted with it. Someone could build a house, start a junkyard , start a factory, or utilize an area for farming. Over time, cities began to put building restrictions in place for the purpose of protecting public safety.
When a zoning ordinance is formulated, it reflects the fact that people find certain types of activities conflicting. For example, a factory would not be a welcome addition to a residential neighborhood; Zoning ordinances are designed to separate out different types of use to prevent conflict.
Board of Adjustments
Under circumstances specified in the Zoning Ordinance, the City Board of Adjustments may, at its discretion and by resolution at a public meeting, modify certain zoning requirements for a particular use, provided that specific findings have been satisfied. For example, lot size in a residential district may be modified if the planning board finds that development would not be possible without the modification, that preservation of hillsides having aesthetic value would be assured, and that the modification would not impair the natural topography, drainage or essential character of the area. Authorizations do not require public hearings and are not subject, but are informally referred to affected community boards for comment.
When development of a particular parcel of land pursuant to zoning would be impractical or cause the owner undue hardship, the Board of Standards and Appeals may grant a variance from use and bulk provisions to the extent necessary to permit a reasonable use of the parcel. A variance may be granted, following a public hearing, only for a specific development and may be for a specified period of time. In order to grant a variance, the board must find that:
- The practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship is caused by unique physical circumstances;
- The practical difficulty or hardship was not caused by the property owner or his predecessors;
- A variance is necessary to realize a reasonable return (except in the case of a non-profit applicant);
- The essential character of the neighborhood will not be altered, use of adjacent property will not be substantially impaired, and public welfare will not be detrimentally affected; and
- The variance given is the minimum necessary to provide relief.
For additional information on zoning or to reqiuest a variance or rezoning, contact:
Jason Bryan, City Planner
Opp City Hall
The Planning Department is responsible for creating and maintaining the map records of the city. These maps include:
|General City Maps||Zoning Maps||Water System Maps|
|Official Street Maps||Voting District Maps||Electric System Maps|
|Subdivision Plat Maps||Traffic Count Maps||FEMA Flood Maps|
The department also maintains property ownership records for land inside the city limits.