Extra Territorial Jurisdiction | Future Land Use Map Update


Project History

On November 2, 2020, with Resolution 15,339 the Little Rock Board of Directors' expressed their intent to zone the City’s remaining un-zoned extra territorial jurisdiction lands. The extra territorial jurisdiction lands subject to this effort total approximately 35 square miles (22,178 acres), extending west from the eastern most limits of the City near the Arkansas River, west to the limits of the City at the County line (Saline). 

The Future Land Use Map is a prerequisite to zoning, before the City begins the effort of zoning land within the ETJ, best planning practices require a review of the existing Future Land Use Map, determining if there are areas where an amendment to the map may be warranted to recognize existing operations or anticipated growth.  Over the last quarter, Planning has reviewed maps and aerials of the ETJ, explored the area both in the car and on foot, met with Pulaski County Planning, and stakeholders within the impacted ETJ.

Staff has identified areas of the Future Land Use Map, where amendments may be appropriate and wants to receive additional input from the Community on the proposed amendments and help identifying other areas where a discussion on the future land use is warranted.   

Public Meetings

The City will facilitate two public meetings where Staff will be present to provide additional information about the project and give the community the opportunity to comment on the proposed land use amendments.  

May 16, 2022, 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. - Police Training Facility, 10901 Arch Street

May 23, 2022, 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. - Higgins Switch Community Center, 3523 Slinker Road

What is the Future Land Use Map?

The Future Land Use Map guides zoning, it is not the same as the City’s Zoning Map. By definition, the Future Land Use Map is intended to be general and does not necessarily have to follow parcel boundaries. Moreover, the designation of an area with a particular Map category does not mean that the most intense zoning district consistent with that category is “automatically” permitted. In most cases, developing a property with a use that is not consistent with what is shown on the Future Land Use Map would require an amendment to the Future Land Use Map. 

The Future Land Use Map is accompanied by the Future Land Use Narrative and Future Land Use Categories (January 2022).  

Where are the Amendments to the Future Land Use Map are Proposed? 

For discussion and administrative purposes, Staff has divided the ETJ into six areas, A-F.  Where the City of Little Rock proposes an amendment to the ETJ, it is shown on the respective map exhibit.  

Links for Land Use Maps with potential modifications

Comments and Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the City’s efforts to amend the Future Land Use Map in the southeast ETJ, and ultimately provide zoning in the area, please use the comment form.  If you would like to provide comment on the proposed amendments, please use the Comment portal below. When leaving a comment about a specific property, leave reference to the specific exhibit (A through F) and the subject property's street address. 



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Commonly Asked Questions

1. Will an amendment to the Future Land Use Map affect my property taxes?

This will have no effect on property taxes, sales tax, utility franchise tax, or any other type of tax.  

2. What is the difference between the Future Land Use Map and the Zoning Map? 

The Future Land Use Map is a policy document that serves as a prerequisite to zoning - it is not law. The Future Land Use Map is used by the Planning Commission to inform recommendations on zoning amendments. The Future Land Use Map and Narrative are not enforceable by law. 

The Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance are law. Zoning regulates things including land use; building form, placement, size, spacing, parcel area, width, depth; types of land uses allowed in a district. 

3. Does this mean my property is about to be annexed?

No, this is about moving forward with zoning the lands and providing some regulations on land uses near and adjacent to the City, this project is not about annexation. 

4. When will the City begin the process of zoning properties within the ETJ?

The City is planning to begin the task of zoning land in the ETJ shortly after the effort to amend the ETJ Future Land Use Map is approved by the Board of Directors.  It is anticipated after the Board comes to consensus on proposed amendments, Staff will begin holding public meetings to work with residents through the zoning process.  


Civil Authority

Act 186 of the Acts of the Arkansas General Assembly of the Year 1957, and all amendments thereto give authority to preserve and promote, in accordance with present and future needs, the public health, safety, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Little Rock, and of the public generally, and to encourage and facilitate the orderly growth and expansion of the municipality.

The City of Little Rock’s 3-mile ETJ jurisdiction from the City’s limits is specifically established with:

  • 2010 Arkansas Code, Title 14 - Local Government, Subtitle 3, Municipal Government Chapter 56, Municipal Building and Zoning Regulations, Planning Subchapter 4, Municipal Planning
    14-56-413 - Territorial jurisdiction
  • 2012 Arkansas Code, Title 14 - Local Government, Subtitle 3, Municipal Government, Chapter 56, Municipal Building And Zoning Regulations, Planning Subchapter 4, Municipal Planning
    14-56-415 - Plan recommendations