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Land Use Control Board

You can view the meetings of the Land Use Control Board on the Memphis City Council website here

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 
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There are currently NO vacancies on this Board.

Application Form
Applications and the fee schedule for the Land Use Control Board can be found here.

Pending Applications
Click on this page to view pending applications with the Board.

Staff Reports
Click here to view the staff reports for the most recent Land Use Control Board cases. 

Functions & Authority
The Land Use Control Board has the responsibility of overseeing and guiding the orderly growth of the City of Memphis and Shelby County through zoning regulations.  You can view the zoning regulations by downloading the Unified Development Code.  You can view the zoning district for a particular piece of property by linking to the Zoning Atlas.

The Land Use Control Board was created in 1977 as a reorganization of the Memphis and Shelby County Planning Commission.  The Memphis Planning Commission was founded in 1921 by a private act passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Shelby County Planning Commission was founded in 1931, also by private act.  The two were merged in 1956.

All area and neighborhood plans, zoning map changes, zoning text changes, planned developments, special use permits and street closures are processed through the Land Use Control Board before being forwarded to the Memphis City Council (for areas within the City of Memphis), the Shelby County Board of Commissioners (for areas in unincorporated Shelby County) or both bodies (depending on the type and location of application).  The Board has final approval authority over special exceptions, subdivisions and major modifications to special use permits and planned developments unless appealed to the legislative bodies.  Click here to view the 2014 Annual Report for the Board.


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Land Use Control Board Members, February 14, 2013: Seated: Lisa Wilbanks, James Toles and Mary Sharp; Standing: Roslyn Willis (former member), Robert Norcross, Emily Trenholm, Jon McCreery and Margaret "Libby" Pritchard.  Not pictured: Scott Fleming and Desiree Lyles Wallace.

Members of the joint Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board serve three-year terms and are confirmed by the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. The board consists of 12 members (click on the member's name to send an email):

Land Use Control Board Staff
The Land Use Control Board is staffed by the Land Use Controls Section of the Office of Planning and Development.  Names and contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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