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• The Zoning Administrator is the city staff person in the Department of Safety and Inspections responsible for interpreting and enforcing the zoning code. Zoning administration staff coordinates the site plan review process, among other responsibilities.
• The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has seven members (plus one alternate) who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. They make decisions on zoning variances and review appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions.
• The Planning Commission is a group of 21 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to advise them on planning issues. They make zoning decisions on conditional use permits, nonconforming use permits, and (less frequently) determinations of similar use. The Zoning Committee, a 7-member committee of the full commission, holds public hearings on these cases and then makes recommendations for the full commission’s action.
• The City Council’s main role in zoning is to review and adopt zoning text and map amendments and to hear appeals of BZA and Planning Commission decisions. Requests to change the zoning of individual properties have public hearings before the Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission and the City Council. The City Council makes the final decision. The City Council also approves plats.
Conditional Use Permit, Nonconforming Use Permit, Rezoning, and Subdivision applications are made at the Zoning Counter in the Department of Planning and Economic Development, 25 W. 4th Street, Suite 1400.
There are fees for zoning permits. The fee schedule is online at Sec. 61.302.
• Staff presentation regarding the case, including a recommendation
• Testimony regarding the case. Those in support usually speak first; followed by those in opposition. Anyone may speak provided they give their name and address for the record, including signing in just before or right after completing their testimony. Testimony must relate to the proposal, should be limited to a reasonable period of time and not be repetitious.
• After hearing all the testimony, the public hearing will be formally closed and the board, committee, or council will consider the matter. One of the members will make a motion, which needs a second. The motion is discussed and voted on. Sometimes the decision is postponed and the case is laid over to a future date.
• After the decision is made, the applicant receives a written copy of the decision by mail.