What is an Urban Growth Boundary?
An Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) is the line that separates rural lands from lands that are planned to be developed to urban levels of density and complexity over a period of time, typically 20 years. Land inside the urban growth boundary supports urban services such as water and sewer systems, parks, schools and fire and police protection that create thriving places to live, work and play. The urban growth boundary is intended to protect farms and forests from urban sprawl and to promote the efficient use of land, public facilities and services inside the boundary.

The City of Lebanon has limited jurisdictional authority outside of our city limits but within our Urban Growth Boundary. The City of Lebanon Planning Commission reviews all subdivisions of property and rezoning applications within the Urban Growth Boundary. The UGB represents the limits of how large the City of Lebanon can grow; property within Lebanon's UGB may one day be within the City of Lebanon. A copy of the Growth Management Plan Map for Wilson County can be found on the Map page of the Planning Department's pages of the website.

The City of Lebanon cannot annex property outside our UGB without first amending the Lebanon UBG.

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1. Where can I get a schedule of the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings?
2. Where can I find agendas and minutes for the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals?
3. Where can I get an application for the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals?
4. Who is on the Planning Commission?
5. Who is on the Board of Zoning Appeals?
6. Where can I find parcel information for my property?
7. What is my property zoned and what can I build on it?
8. What can a building or property be used for?
9. Is my property in the floodplain?
10. What is a Land Use Plan?
11. What is an Urban Growth Boundary?
12. How do I rezone my property?
13. What is the process for annexation or rezoning?
14. My house is zoned commercially, what happens if it burns down?
15. My business does not conform to the current zoning...what should I do?
16. What is a non-conforming use?
17. What is a non-complying structure?
18. What does it mean to be legal non-conforming?
19. What is the Major Thoroughfare Plan?
20. What is the process for subdividing my property?
21. What is the process for Site Plan approval?
22. What is a Specific Plan District (SP) and what is the process for approval?
23. When is Planning Commission approval required?
24. Is there a maximum size for accessory structures?
25. What is a "setback?"
26. How do I measure the setback?
27. Is a permit required to install a fence?
28. How long is a Use on Appeal good for?
29. Can the Board of Zoning Appeals grant a variance to allow a use that is not permitted in a particular zone?
30. Can I operate a business from my home?
31. Does the City enforce restrictive covenants?