About Crawford County Zoning
Back in 1967, the Governing Body for Crawford County elected to implement Zoning Regulations for the Southeast portion of the County. In 1998, the Zoning & Subdivision Regulations were amended to fit today’s needs. Amendments have been added since that time.
These regulations are for Conditional Use Permits, Rezoning, Subdivision Regulations, Variances, Special Exceptions and Special Events.
The zoned areas are from 120th St and 640th Ave East to the city limits of Arma, South bordering the city limits, then East on 635th Ave to the Missouri State Line, South to 171 Hwy, West to 400 Hwy and 130th St, North to 590th Ave, West to 120th St, North to 640th Ave. (Article 1-103 of Zoning Regulations gives detailed Section, Township, and Range of areas inside the zoning jurisdiction.)
Although the entire county is not zoned, building permits, wastewater permits, floodplain development regulations and public nuisances are for ALL the rural unincorporated areas of the county.
Building permits are required for new construction, additions, single or double wide foundations, decks, all agriculture structures and garages.
The Planning and Zoning Board for Crawford County is made up of 9 members who are appointed for a 3 year term by the County Commissioners. The Planning & Zoning Board members also serve as the Joint Board of Appeals.
At this time, Crawford County does not have building codes adopted, therefore, no inspections are required. However, inspections for wastewater facilities and flooding are required.
The County has been enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program since in 1976. In April of 2009, new flood maps and new floodplain regulations were adopted by the County Commissioners. Because the county does participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires the county to prove that no new construction, remodeling, etc has been allowed to occur in flood zones. Colored flood maps are available upon request through the zoning office.
Public Nuisances require a written letter of complaint to the County Commissioners. This letter must address the concerns, landowners name (if available) and address or location of the violation.
Michael W. Plank
Zoning, Floodplain Administrator,
& Nuisance Enforcement Officer
111 E. Forest, Suite M
Girard, KS 66743
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.