Requesting a Zoning Change
Zoning determines how land may be used. Counties divide land into various zoning districts for the purpose of regulating the use of land. Zoning Code classifies land into residential, commercial, manufacturing, civic and industrial areas. Within each zoning district - zoning code specifies the permitted uses, maximum building heights, the required yard set-backs, the necessary off-street parking, and other development standards.
If your land use or development plans do not comply with the prevailing Zoning Code of that region, you can request a zoning change to accommodate your plans. Here is a general overview of the rezoning process. Please keep in mind that every county/city will have a different rezoning process.
Getting a zoning change approved can be a lengthy process. In most cases the zoning designation of a property can change only after a public hearing process. The process requires public notification, public hearings, and final approval by the City Council. Here is a general overview of the process:
File a formal rezoning application. Most counties have a standard form or a zoning change request template. Some of the following documentation may be required:
- Legal description of the property being rezoned
- A statement justifying your request and proposed use
- Proof of ownership
- If you do not own the property, evidence that the owner agrees with your request
- Location Maps
- Site plans showing current and future use
- The Zoning Department staff reviews the application and submits a recommendation
- A public hearing will be held before the planning commission. Recommendation for approval of a rezoning request are then forwarded to the City Council for consideration.
For commercial properties this can be a pretty long process. Please contact us today and we will be happy to discuss this topic with you further.