Community Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Community Development Department assists developers, businesses and residents through the Village's review and permit processes regarding zoning, architectural and landscape design for developments, multi-family homes, single-family homes, businesses, accessory buildings (sheds, detached garages, etc.) as well as business signage needs. The review process ensures that projects align with the overall objectives for quality architecture and aesthetics throughout the Village.

Zoning Board of Appeals Application

The Planning & Community Development Department oversees the review process for Zoning Board of Appeals applications.  The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews all requests for variations from the Zoning Regulations for projects which are not already being reviewed by the Plan Commission. The Zoning Board of Appeals also reviews applications to appeal the interpretation of the Zoning Regulations by the Zoning Administrator.

Please view the Applications & Guides section found this page to review the application to the Zoning Board of Appeals and a guide on how to calculate front and exterior side yard setbacks in residential zoning districts. For more information, review the Village's Zoning Regulations, Chapter 28 of the Municipal Code or find out more about the Zoning Board of Appeals on the Boards & Commissions page.

Where Can I Find Your Forms & Documents?

Our Plan Commission Staff Reports and Comprehensive and Development Plans can be found on our Community Planning & Zoning Reports & Plans page, which is searchable.  Just click on the Download Plans & Staff Reports button above.  

These reports & plans are separated into two categories: Comprehensive & Development Plans and Plan Commission Staff Reports. The following provides an idea of what is available, but is not a full list:

Comprehensive & Development Plans

  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Downtown Master Plan
  • Hickory Kensington Area Plan

Plan Commission Staff Reports

  • Police Station February 2017
  • New Hope Academy March 2017
  • Lexington Heritage Townhomes June 2017

Likewise, all permits, licenses, applications and guides that are needed for residential/private, business/commercial, and/or community events can be found on our Permits & Licenses and Applications & Guides page, which is also searchable.  Simply click on the Download Permits, Licenses & Guides button above.  These documents & forms are separated into four categories: Business Licenses, Community Events, Community Planning & Zoning, and Residential & Commercial.  The following provides an idea of what is available, but is not a full list:

Business Licenses

  • Amusement 
  • Day Care
  • Home Occupancy
  • Fireworks
  • Multi-Family
  • Raffles

Community Events

  • Block Party Request

Community Planning & Zoning

  • Zoning Regulations
  • Design Reviews and Guides
  • Development Reviews and Guides

Residential & Commercial

  • Air Conditioners and Furnaces 
  • Building Permit, Extension and Addendum 
  • Contractor's License
  • Decks and Fences
  • Driveways and Garages
  • Electrical
  • Fire Safety Permit
  • Foundation
  • Gazebos and Sheds
  • Guaranty Deposit Bond
  • Liquor License
  • Plumbing and Sewer and Water Heaters
  • Occupancy
  • Roofs
  • Signs
  • Single Family Additions and Basements
  • Statement of Compliance
  • Tax Assessor
  • Window Replacement