Planning, Zoning and Development Review
Short range planning is your month to month planning and review projects. These projects are typically submitted by individual applicants, developers or property owners for development review and approval at monthly Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeal meetings.
Comprehensive planning (long range planning) is an important management tool for promoting a strong and healthy community. The Plans provide a vision, clearly stated and shared by all, that describes the future of the community. They protect private property rights while also encouraging and supporting a thriving local economy. The Plans can be used to promote orderly and rational development so that the City remains physically attractive, economically successful, and sustainable by preserving important natural or historic resources.
Founded in 1802, the City of Gallatin has always valued its heritage, and its most recognizable and noteworthy asset historically is the Downtown Public Square, located on Main Street. The Gallatin Commercial Historic District, which includes the Public Square, the Sumner County Courthouse, and properties along Water, Main College, and Franklin Streets, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. In 1991, the City Council approved local historic zoning, and Gallatin became a Certified Local Government.
The purpose of the Sign Ordinance is to provide each sign user an opportunity for adequate identification while protecting the City against excessive advertising and clutter of signs by regulating the size, location, placement, manner, illumination source, and design quality under which signs may be displayed. These regulations help to ensure that signs are in harmony with the overall building design, the surrounding residential and nonresidential neighborhoods, and provide safety of motorists and pedestrians by minimizing the distraction of excessive and intrusive signs.
As indicated in Gallatin Zoning Ordinance 15.030.080, any application for a zoning permit or building permit which requires the submission of a Site Plan or Final Master Development Plan shall be accompanied by a surety in the amount of the estimated cost of site improvements including, but not limited to, public water line and sewer line installation, public parking lot and public driveway paving, public drainage conveyances, construction of buffer yard landscaping and screening barriers, site grading, erosion control, public sidewalks and lighting fixtures.
Areas of Gallatin are subject to periodic inundation which could result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare. These flood losses are caused by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains, causing increases in flood heights and velocities; by uses in flood hazard areas which are vulnerable to floods; or construction which is inadequately elevated, flood-proofed, or otherwise unprotected from flood damages.
Temporary Use Permit (TUP)
A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) allows for the temporary utilization of a property for a special, unique, or limited duration use. Permitted temporary uses shall be allowed in the City and in the Planning Region. Permitted temporary uses are identified in Gallatin Zoning Ordinance Section 15.03.090, and shall comply with the required standards for that activity.
Fences are permitted in any required yard or along the edge of any yard provided the fence complies with the provisions of City codes and requirements.