The zoning classification of a parcel of land will dictate what use can be made of that property. To ascertain the zoning classification for a particular parcel of property, contact Zoning at 704-827-3931.
The zoning classification for a parcel of property is set by the Mount Holly City Council for the jurisdiction, in which the property lies. The City Council has the authority to rezone property. There is a formal process which must be followed in doing so. A property owner can initiate the rezoning process by contacting the Zoning Division of the Planning & Development Department. Please see Applications (How to File) FAQ below.
A permit is needed for any type of construction such as a house, addition, accessory building, fence, etc. The permit will serve as a prerequisite to obtaining a building permit issued by Gaston County.
Departmental records can easily be accessed by Zoning Officials to determine if a required permit for an activity underway has been obtained.
The type of business or "permitted use" varies depending upon the Zoning District, in which it is to be located. Please see Article VI in the Zoning Ordinance to found out what district the proposed business operation is permitted.
Home Occupations are restricted to an office use only, with 25% maximum space allotted in the primary dwelling. Those that involve traffic to the home must receive approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Please see Article VII, Note 3, in the Zoning Ordinance for more information.
Per State Statutes, the City can only enforce Development Regulations, such as Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. The City cannot enforce general police powers, such as regulations found in the City Code, including nuisance lots, high grass, junk cars and animal and livestock requirements.David Owens, Professor of Public Law at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, has written an excellent article on ETJ enforcement, which can be found by clicking here.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears variance requests to waive part or all of a Zoning Ordinance requirement. Additionally, the Board also hears appeals from a Zoning or Minimum Housing case decision and special-use permit requests. The Application for Review by the Board of Adjustment may be obtained from this web site by referencing the "Downloadable Documents" on the Zoning home page, by clicking here, or by visiting the Zoning office on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Complex, located at 400 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC. All applications must be returned to the Zoning office in person. The application must be completed and include the required fee before application will be accepted.
Every zoning classification requires a minimum lot size. Each piece of property has a zoning classification with minimum development requirements listed in the City of Mount Holly Zoning Ordinance. Subdivision regulations, found in the City of Mount Holly Subdivision Ordinance, govern how a property can be subdivided. Therefore, you would need to contact the Planning & Development Department for more information on how to proceed with a rezoning request.
The rezoning application may be obtained from this web site by referencing the "Downloadable Documents" section, located on the right side of the Zoning home page, by clicking here or by visiting the Zoning office on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Complex, located at 400 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC. All applications must be returned to the Zoning office in person. The application must be completed and include the required fee before application will be accepted.
An amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and/or City Code, can be initiated by City staff at the direction of City Council. If the text amendment involves the Zoning and/or Subdivision Ordinance, two public hearings must be held, the first before the Planning Commission for a recommendation on the matter, and the second before City Council for a decision on the proposed amendment. This is usually done to address an issue occurring inside the City limits or ETJ, or to account for uses that may not have been included within previous Ordinances. However, an individual may also propose to amend the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and/or City Code by submitting an Application for a Text Amendment. It is important that the individual seeking such an amendment consult with Planning & Development staff to address the best course of action. For example, a text amendment may be proposed to allow a use, such as a restaurant, in all Heavy Industrial Districts. A better option, due to incompatibility issues, may be to seek a rezoning of a particular property, which allows restaurants as a permitted use.
The Application for a Text Amendment may be obtained from this web site by referencing the "Downloadable Documents" section, located on the right side of this page, by clicking here or by visiting the Zoning office on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Complex, located at 400 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC. All applications must be returned to the Zoning Office in person. The application must be completed and include the required fee before application will be accepted.
These structures may generally be placed in the side and rear yard, provided they are far enough from the property lines. Accessory structures, such as storage buildings and detached garages, if located behind the rear corner of the home, must be at least five (5) feet from the property line. If located in the side yard setback, as measured from the front corner to the rear corner of the home, the distance from the side property line is dependent on the zoning district, in which the property is located. Fences have height and design restrictions, subject to Section 3.10.1 and Section 5.21 in the Zoning Ordinance, but may be placed on the property line. Pools have requirements under Article VII, Note 7 in the Zoning Ordinance. Accessory structures are not allowed in the established front yard setback. All accessory structures, noted above, require a Zoning Compliance Permit and if applicable, a Building Permit from Gaston County Building Inspections before construction.
A buffer is a strip of land with existing or planted vegetation used to protect a less-intense land use. Example: trees and shrubs planted in a buffer on an industrial property to protect a residential property. In certain cases, a fence may be used as a required screening device, per Article X in the Zoning Ordinance.