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Displaying items by tag: Zoning

What's the Planning Commission

A Planning Commission consist of residents of a community whose members are appointed by cities or counties elected officials for a term established by the jurisdiction where they serve.  The commission promotes the health, safety and general welfare by encouraging the most appropriate use of the land.    They undertake long-range planning for development that includes preparation and maintenance of the general, specific and area plans, as well as reviewing Environmental Impact Reports and capital improvement projects.  Their short-range planning efforts include zoning matters dealing with land use changes, rezones, subdivision and parceling of land, special and conditional use permits, and variances.        Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the council or supervisors, so commission membership changes in response to changes in those bodies.   The commission usually considers several items at each meeting, considering each proposal separately and taking acting before moving on to the next item.  Their decision may be referred to the city council as a recommendation for action or considered a final action unless appealed to the council or board.   Elected officials may assign tasks to its planning commission.  Such tasks include: •    Assist in writing the general plan and community or specific plans •    Annual review of jurisdiction’s capital improvement program and public works projects of other local agencies •    Undertake special planning studies •    Promote public outreach •    Report to the elected officials  on the conformity of public land acquisition or disposal   The commission is the elected official’s advisor on land use planning.  The elected official may choose to follow the recommendation of the commission or not.  They can even reverse or modify commission actions or send proposals back to them for further review.  Their decisions are subject to appeal.  Remember the council and board have the final say in all city and county matters.   Therefore, an effective Planning Commission shares the following qualities: •    Ability to focus on the zoning or planning matter under consideration •    Clear view of the big picture of what’s happening in the city or their district and not being bogged down in excessive attention to minor details •    Informed commissioners by reading reports and documents prior to the meeting •    Attention to basic legal requirements in mind such as general plan consistency, meeting all applicable requirements, elimination or reduction of environmental impacts, and etc, •    An open flow of ideals and discussion among all involved parties, including being objective and asking lots of questions                    

Whats a conditional use permit

What's a conditional use permit? Def. A conditional use permit is a discretionary permit.  That is, a permit that, although allowed in a particular zoning district, are only permitted under certain conditions, is granted at the discretion of the governing body and is typically revocable.  In order to secure these discretionary or conditional decisions, the business or land owner must formally propose what they plan to use the property for and then the Planning Staff, Commission or Hearing Officer must review these applications through an administrative or public hearing process.  If the governing body does not think the proposed use is consistent with the zoning of the property, they may deny or delay the application.  They also or approve the use conditionally with a conditional use permit..   This means that along with the approval, they may impose strict conditions upon which you are allowed to operate.  Failure to go along with these conditions can get you conditional use permit revoked and the business owner or landlord would no longer be allowed that use. What would be an example.   An example of such a conditional use permit would be a local neighborhood restaurant that wants to serve beer and wine to their customers.  The conditional use permit would allow the sale of on site consumption of beer and wine only on premises.   If the restaurant subsequently started to have dancing, with live music and patio service, and those activities are not included in the application for Conditional Use, then the business owner may be in violations of the conditions that allowed them the beer and wine sales for on site consumption only.  They did not include patio service, bottle service, dancing and live music in the conditional use application. Written governmental permission allowing a use inconsistent with zoning but necessary for the common good, such as locating an emergency medical facility in a predominantly residential area.   Authorizes uses not routinely allowed on a particular site and generally subject to certain conditions…   is given to certain classes of land use the are not permitted by right in some or all zones of the county, but are nevertheless recognized as being desirable to the full function of the county under appropriate circumstances. ...   A process which provides for public input and review of certain uses which require special consideration because of their unique site development requirements and operating characteristics. CUP is a means of regulating the use of property in a zone where they are not permitted by right. ...   a grant approved by a planning and Zoning Commission allowing, with conditions, a special use of property that is the public interest.   means a document signed by the administrator specifying the requirements for which a conditional use may be permitted within a parcel. A conditional use is a use permitted within a district other than a permitted use.   Legal authorization to undertake a conditional use, issued by the administrative official pursuant to authorization by the Board of Adjustment consisting of two parts:   A permit, with conditions, allowing an approved use on a site outside the appropriate zoning class.

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