Zoning encompasses many topics that all relate to the use of properties. Zoning regulations are set forth in the City's Zoning Ordinance. Each property in the City is assigned a base zoning district, which helps determine how it can be used. The City's Zoning Maps can help you determine what a property is zoned.
Three different Boards help administer different components of zoning regulations.
The Planning Commission review some types of site plans and makes recommendations to City Council about requests for rezoning property and for amending the Zoning Ordinance provisions.
The Zoning Board of Appeals primarily hears requests for variances from the zoning standards, requests for special exception uses and other types of special exceptions, and requests for a reduction in the required amount of separation that some use types must have from other types of uses.
Additionally, about 200 properties are part of the City's Historic Overlay District. These properties are subject to additional guidelines about work that can be done to their exterior. The Board of Historic Review hears requests for some types of Certificates of Appropriateness for this type of work. Its other primary roles include making recommendations to City Council about whether to add or remove properties from this district and whether to modify the Historic Design Guidelines.
Active cases for all three of these Boards can be found here:
Planning & Development staff members also help administer the zoning regulations. Some helpful links are below.
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