The Planning Commission consists
of nine members, appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Members
of the Planning Commission must be owners of or tenants in real property in the
City of Fort Smith and be qualified electors of the City. The Planning Commission
meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Creekmore
Park Community Center. A study session is held the first Tuesday of each month
at 11:30am in the Rose Room of the Creekmore Park Community Center, 3301 South M. Street.
The purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare a development plan for the
City, to receive and make recommendations on public and private proposals for the
development and to prepare and administer planning regulations. The Planning Commission
is authorized to prepare and adopt a land use plan, a community facilities plan,
a master street plan and such other plans affecting the general welfare of the City.
The Planning Commission is also responsible for reviewing all rezoning, conditional
use and home occupation requests, as well as proposed subdivisions. A rezoning application
requires a minimum of 5 yes votes. Home occupation, conditional use, variance and
subdivision requests require a majority vote of the Planning Commission members
present and voting. Any rezoning application receiving approval of the Planning
Commission will go before the City Board of Directors for their review on the first
Tuesday of the following month at 6:00 p.m. in Building "B" of the Fort Smith Public
Schools Service Center located at 3205 Jenny Lind. The Planning Commission’s action
on conditional uses, home occupations and subdivisions is final unless an interested
party appeals the decision of the Planning Commission to the City Board of Directors.
An appeal to a rezoning, home occupation or conditional use application will also
go before the City Board of Directors for the review on the first Tuesday of the
following month at 6:00 p.m. in Building "B" of the Fort Smith Public Schools Service
Center located at 3205 Jenny Lind.
The Planning Commission also acts as the Board of Zoning Adjustment and hears appeals
from the decision of the administrative officers regarding enforcement and application
of the zoning ordinances and hears requests for variances from the provisions of
the zoning ordinance. All action of the Board of Zoning Adjustment will be final
unless appealed to the court of jurisdiction.