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Zoning and Codes

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The Zoning and Codes Department is now hiring an Administrative Specialist - Zoning.  Please follow the link for more details and to apply  https://www.douglascountyks.org/services/employment/job-openings  Posted 5/28/2020  Application deadline June 10, 2020 5:00 PM.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: 

Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and employees.  As we transition to normal work operations, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, staff will continue to work remotely as much as possible. Email and phone correspondence remains the preferred method of contact. We are working hard to process emails and phone call requests in the order received. We look forward to assisting you as soon as possible. Staff appreciates your understanding and patience as service delays can be expected.

We ask the public to adhere to the following:

  • ·        Face coverings are required in public areas inside the building.
  • ·        To maintain social distancing, please do not congregate in the lobby in an effort to maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • ·        Two labeled totes are located outside the Public Works main entry door Monday- Friday from 8:30am- 4:30pm located at 3755 E 25th St. All paperwork must be routed through the tote system to minimize hand to hand contact.    No hand to hand contact will be accepted. If you have questions, please call 785-331-1343 from your vehicle.
  • ·        Zoning & Codes will be closed between 12pm-1pm, Monday- Friday. Please utilize the drop boxes during this time. 
  • ·        Inspectors will continue to alternate schedules to adhere to social distancing measures.
  • ·        Online applications and payments for limited permits continues to be available.
  • ·        For public safety, at this time we accept electronic plan and application submittals.
  • ·        Essential inspections will be performed to the extent they can be done safely with social distancing practices.  Inspectors are expected to exercise discretion to protect themselves and others and we ask the same from our customers.
  • Contractors should monitor local news outlets and the County webpage at www.douglascountyks.org, as circumstances are changing rapidly and staff services could be impacted.

 For specific assistance please refer to our directory:

  • To schedule an inspection please call the front desk at 785-331-1343
  • If you have questions building permit questions, please call 785-331-1343 or email Donna Hughes at dhughes@douglascountyks.org.
  • Tina Rakes, Codes Director is available for technical building code questions at trakes@douglascountyks.org or 785-331-1323.
  • If you have been working with a specific combination building inspector you may reach them at;
  • Tonya Voigt, Zoning Director and Floodplain Manager is available for technical zoning questions, planning or survey review by email at tvoigt@douglascountyks.org or 785-331-1325.
  • Judy Stone is available for research and zoning questions, such as; is this lot buildable? Please email her at jstone@douglascountyks.org with zoning research questions. If your request requires in office research, please expect delays.
  • Ben Harris is available at bharris@douglascountyks.org for zoning violation inquires and home business questions.
  • We are working hard to process emails and phone calls requests in the order received. We look forward to assisting you as soon as possible.

What is Zoning?

Zoning (not to be confused with building codes) is a method of land use regulation designed to minimize the negative impacts of certain types of land use, by separating them from one another. This is achieved by restricting uses to classified districts, such as residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial zones. The regulations are intended to allow these different land uses to be located and organized in a manner that promotes the public health, safety, comfort and general welfare, to conserve property values, and to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.

Most of the laws and regulations we live by are determined at the federal and state level. States recognize, however, that the regulation of land-use is better understood and controlled at the local level. Therefore, under state-delegated authority, Douglas County has its own document which contains the Zoning (property and land use) Regulations.

The New 2020 Douglas County Zoning Regulations show a direct relationship with Plan 2040.  As a result, most municipal governments develop living comprehensive planning documents.  Plan 2040 is our current guidance document.  It was officially adopted in December of 2019 at the city and county level.

The Planning and Zoning offices have two primary purposes: 
1.  To administrate the regulations 
2.  Maintain a planning process that reflects the evolving needs of Douglas County, often utilizing the comprehensive plan to identify those needs. 

 

 

Our Services

Board of Zoning Appeals

Board of Zoning Appeals schedule, board members and the application information.

Licenses and Permits

Applications and information for licenses and permits for businesses.

Guide to Rural Living

Guide to rural living in Douglas County, Kansas

Regulations and Fees

Regulations and fees for businesses.

Agritourism Business

Agriculturally-based business that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.

Issued Building Permits

Reports of issued building permits.

Home Business

Information on registering your Rural Home Business.

Zoning and Codes documents

Documents for Zoning and Codes.

Floodplain

Douglas County’s Floodplain Management Program, administered through the Zoning and Codes Department.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Tina Rakes Building Codes Director 785-331-1343 trakes@douglascountyks.org
Tonya Voigt Zoning Director, Floodplain Manager 785-331-1343 tvoigt@douglascountyks.org
Judy Stone Administrative Zoning Specialist 785-331-1343 jstone@douglascountyks.org
Ben  Harris Administrative Zoning Specialist 785-331-1343 bharris@douglascountyks.org
Donna Hughes Administrative Building Specialist 785-331-1343 dhughes@douglascountyks.org
Isaac Mallory Combination Building Inspector 785-331-1343 imallory@douglascountyks.org
Stuart Young Combination Building Inspector 785-331-1343 stuartyoung@douglascountyks.org