Q:Is my property in an area with historic preservation restrictions?
There are Historic Places and Historic Districts in the City of Newton that have environs areas around them. If your property is in a historic district or within 500 feet of a historic property or district, any request for a building or sign permit must first receive a review to determine its impact on the environs of any adjacent historic properties. To learn more about Newton's historic districts, visit the Historic Preservation page.
More information Engineering and Code Enforcement Office 316-284-6020
Historic Preservation Assistant 316-284-6020
Q:Is my property in a flood hazard area?
A: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has placed properties along Sand Creek and Slate Creek in a flood hazard area. Article 14 of the Zoning Ordinance places restriction on the use and development of properties in these flood zones. Contact the Engineering and Code Enforcement Office for a Flood Zone determination at 316-284-6020.
Q:Can I put up a sign on my property?
A: Signing is regulated by Article 11 of the Zoning Ordinance based on the zoning classifications as well as sign type, size, location and illumination. A permit is required to install a sign except for those allowed under the exempt section of the ordinance.
Q:Can I change the zoning of my property?
A: Any change in the zoning must be approved by the Newton-North Newton Area Planning Commission and the Newton City Commission. An individual property owner must obtain a zoning amendment application and submit such application to the Planning Commission for consideration at a public hearing.
Generally, a property is not allowed to change zoning if the applied for change would make that property the only property in the general area zoned differently from other properties in the neighborhood. This is called a spot zoning and is a practice municipalities try to avoid.
Q:How do I know what my property is zoned?
A: The Engineering and Code Enforcement Office has the zoning map on-hand. Call 316-284-6020 if you have a question about what zone you live in and the accepted property uses in that zone. You can also download the zoning map and ordinances.