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Land Use Control Board
  • Second Thursday of the month at 10AM
  • First Floor Council Chambers
    125 N. Main
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • Staffed by the Office of Planning and Development
  • Click here if you would like to send an email regarding any general zoning inquiries

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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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) or the Shelby County Board of Commissioners (for areas in unincorporated Shelby County).  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. 

Board Bylaws
Click here to download the Board's Bylaws, which include its Rules of Procedure.

Annual Reports
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

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 ten members (click on the member's name to send an email):

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Land Use Control Board Members, August 13, 2015: Seated, from left to right: Desiree Lyles Wallace, Emily Trenholm (former member), Vice Chair Mary Sharp and Margaret "Libby" Pritchard.  Standing: Alfred Washington, Robert Norcross, Chairman Jon McCreery, James Toles, Lisa Wilbanks and Scott Fleming. Not pictured: Jennifer O'Connell.

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.

Mission Statement

The Land Use Control Board, through its leadership, recommends long-term public policies consistent with Smart Growth Strategies and administers the Unified Development Code in order to:

  • Protect the community’s unique character and sense of place
  • Encourage the development of great, vibrant, healthy urban streets, open spaces, public places, and neighborhood
  • Establish and maintain a Unifying Civic Vision for Greater Memphis
  • Promote economically, environmentally, and fiscally sustainable and responsible use of land in service to the common good.

Guiding Principles:
The Land Use Board’s actions are guided by these principle-based values:
  • Fairness
  • Wise judgment
  • Civic passion
    • Civility and diplomacy
    • Integrity
    • Humanity
    • Consistency
    • Respect for all Memphis and Shelby County Stakeholders

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