Planning/Zoning

The City of Rice has a seven-member Planning Commission that meets the last Monday of the month at 7 PM in the Rice Council Chambers.  Members serve for a three-year term.  The Planning Commission is a recommending commission to the City Council.  The role of the Planning Commission is to prepare and periodically review the Comprehensive Plan and then putting that plan into action through zoning/subdivision regulations, zoning map, and a capital improvement program. Searchable PDF File of Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances. To apply for Conditional Use or Variance please check out our permits page for more info.
Wac $2000, Sac $3100, 
Meter Approx. $225

Zoning/Subdivision Regulations
Following the implementation of the updated Comprehensive Plan, the City Council felt that the current ordinances may not be consistent with the newly updated comprehensive plan.  Therefore, the city council enforced a Moratorium which temporary prohibited approval of preliminary subdivisions, conditional use permits, variances, rezoning or PUD approval effective until the ordinances can be reviewed and updated if necessary.  The Planning Commission has been working hard to accomplish that very goal.  Below are rough drafts of the new zoning & subdivision ordinances.  These have not been approved, as of July 5th, 2012.
Approved – Updated August 14th, 2012:

In early summer 2011, the City of Rice began the process of updating their Comprehensive Plan which was last updated in 2004.  A Comprehensive plan ad-hoc task force was organized, composed of members representing diverse backgrounds, to provide input for the creation of this planning tool.  After input was gathered at multiple ad-hoc task force meetings, a draft plan was developed, approved by the Rice Planning Commission and ordained by the Rice City Council on Feb. 6th, 2012.

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