Applications to Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment
If you have to go in front of the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning adjustment you must be prepared. You will need to prepare various plans, descriptions, obtain maps, site photos, and other required documents. You must also be prepared to purchase advertising in the event of public meetings or hearings.
If your site is going to be changed to a different zoning classification, you must go through the Rezoning Process. In addition to the standard public meeting application requirements, you should prepare a concept plan and a boundary plan. You will likely have to go in front of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, hold a neighborhood meeting, and get ultimate approval by the City Council.
If making changes to your parcel may result in undue hardship, you may apply for a variance. Variance applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As long as it is in line with the code and does not exceed safety standards, you can have your plan reviewed by the Board of Zoning Adjustment. You will need to have a Site Plan, Building plan, and detailed description of your site’s intended use. If your development has multiple parcels, you will need a variance for each one.
If your site will be used for a non-permitted use, then you can apply for a conditional use permit. Conditional use permits allow for activities and uses which are not routinely permitted within the subject zone district and need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the activity or use is appropriate for a particular location. Any conditional use permit granted may be subject to conditions that will ensure that the use as proposed and conducted will be compatible with the intent of the applicable zone district and other uses in the area. You must prepare a site plan.
If you disagree with the decision of the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustment, you have the right to appeal. Appeals are at additional cost and you have no guarantee that the appeal will be considered or approved. In addition, if you go through an appeal and are rejected then you will no longer be able to develop under those conditions.