In the mid-1970s, the areas in Little Rock around the State Capitol and Governor's Mansion were in decline, largely neglected by planning and development efforts.

Recognizing that something had to be done to protect the face the state presented to its citizens and visitors, the Arkansas General Assembly created the Capitol Zoning District Commission to protect the unique character of these neighborhoods by acting as a special planning and historic preservation commission.

Public Hearing - October 19, 2017 5:30 PM


Proposed Rule


Pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 25-15-201 et seq., notice is hereby given that the Capitol Zoning District Commission (CZDC) is considering proposed revisions to the agency’s Rules and Master Plan.   

This rule would limit “corner store” style new development (built to the sidewalk), currently permissible on any vacant corner lot in Zone “N”, to only those corners where such buildings are known to have stood historically. The proposal would also repeal a rule setting required side yard setbacks in Zones “M” and “N” at 10 percent of a lot’s width (but never less than five feet from an adjoining property), and reinstate the previous eight-foot minimum side yard setback, regardless of lot size. 

The proposed rule changes are posted above, or you may contact the Commission to obtain a written copy. Written comments from the public will be accepted if received prior to 4:30 PM on October 31, 2017. Written comments may be mailed to CZDC at 410 South Battery Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  They may also be faxed to 501-324-9631 or emailed to    

In addition to written comments, the Commission will also accept comments at a public hearing to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 the CZDC offices, 410 South Battery Street in Little Rock. 

Capitol and Mansion Area Information