Zoning regulates what uses can go where and the development standards to which new development must be built. The Planning Division maintains a zoning map of the City that regulates the placement of land uses and densities in Moore. Property owners may request a change in zoning to accommodate future development plans.
All new development proposals are evaluated to ensure consistency with the comprehensive plan, zoning and other city development regulations. If a proposed use is not allowed by-right under the Zoning Code, then a rezoning application must be filed and will require review at public hearings by the Planning Commission and the City Council. The rezoning process takes approximately 8-12 weeks and includes 2-3 public hearings, depending on the comprehensive plan land use designation.
If you need to file for a zoning change, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment with a planner before coming into the office. The planner can assist in scheduling applications for a Planning Commission meeting, reviewing the City Code for development requirements and compliance, and advising applicants on the comprehensive plan conformity. Call 405-793-5053 to make an appointment or for more information regarding the rezoning process.
The Planning Division provides zoning verification letters upon request for a fee. These letters are commonly required for the State of Oklahoma ABLE Commission and for the sale or refinancing of commercial properties.
The City of Moore Subdivision Regulations apply to the subdivision of land within the City of Moore and guide the land development process and encourages safe, orderly, and financially sustainable development practices. The Subdivision Regulations govern streets, driveways, easements, drainage facilities, lots and blocks, and parkland dedication.
Requests for the subdivision of land are separated into two categories:
1. Lot Splits involve splitting a parent tract into 4 or less lots. Lot splits of 5 acres or more can be approved administratively. Lot splits of under 5 acres can only be approved by Moore City Council. Call 405-793-5053 to make an appointment or for more information regarding the lot split process.
2. Plats involve splitting a parent tract into more than 4 lots and are reviewed by the Moore Planning Commission and Moore City Council. All commercial properties must be platted before a building permit will be issued. For platting, a Preliminary and Final Plat is required. For simple platting of 1-2 lots, the preliminary plat requirement may be waived. Call 405-793-5053 to make an appointment or for more information regarding the platting process.
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The Planning Division is responsible for the maintenance and enforcement of the City's floodplain and floodway ordinances as mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Assistant City Planner operates in the capacity of the Floodplain Administrator.
The Floodplain Administrator is responsible for administering and implementing the provisions of the city’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. All development in the floodplain requires a permit. Substantially damaged or improved structures, where the cost of repair or improvements to a structure equals or exceeds 50% of the building’s market value, also require building permits and elevation certificates, and are held to the same standards as new construction.
City of Moore ordinances requires all new construction and substantially improved structures to be built at a minimum of 12 inches above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), verified by an elevation certificate. Without these regulations, subsidized flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program would not be available to property owners in Moore. Any development in the floodplain without a permit should be reported to the Floodplain Administrator.
Citizens can obtain flood information such as flood zone designations, copies of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), letters of map changes, elevation certificates and floodplain development regulations from the Floodplain Manager at 405-793-5053 or through FEMA’s website.