Creating a Master Planned District

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What is a Master Planned District?

A special type of rezoning is the creation of a development using a Master Planned District.  The Rock Hill Zoning Ordinance provides for several different Master Planned (MP) districts, covering residential, commercial, institutional, and employment-based projects, as well as traditional neighborhood design.  These districts are designed to encourage innovative land planning and site design through greater flexibility and design freedom in exchange for more detailed initial planning.

What is the Process for Creating a Master Planned District?

As part of this more detailed planning, the rezoning process involves some additional requirements and information beyond that for other rezoning requests.  After completing a Master Planned District Application (along with the required fees and attachments as noted on the form), the property owner will go through several steps:

  • First, the rezoning process will begin with a mandatory pre-application conference with staff to discuss the specifics of your proposed application and answer your questions on the process to follow.  To set up your pre-application conference, please call Eric Hawkins at 803-329-8763.
  • Second, you will need to hold a mandatory neighborhood meeting so that your neighbors can become familiar with the request prior to the Planning Commission meeting.
  • Third, City staff will prepare a staff report summarizing the request along with a recommendation regarding the proposed change.  The City's Planning Commission will review the staff report and hold a public hearing about the request, during which people for and against the proposed change may comment about it.  At the conclusion of the public hearing, the City's Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council about the proposed change.
  • Fourth, City Council will consider the Planning Commission's recommendation and then decide whether to give first reading to an ordinance that would create the Master Planned District.
  • Fifth, during another meeting, City Council will decide whether to give final reading to the ordinance creating the Master Planned District.  Generally, City Council will not have substantive discussion about the request at this last meeting unless some issues were left unresolved during first reading.

When the property is annexed into the City at the time of rezoning, the request will go through the same basic process with additional information presented and considered during the annexation itself.

Contact: For more information about the process of creating a Master Planned District, please call Eric Hawkins, Planner III, at 803-329-8763.

Related Information:

Master Plan (MP) Development Checklist and Instructions
Upcoming Public Hearings

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