What is a conditional use?
Land uses that are a conditional use are shown in the Table of Primary Uses in Chapter 4 of the Zoning Ordinance. Each use type has a line in the table that shows in which zoning districts, if any, the use type is a conditional use. If a use type is a conditional use, it means that the Zoning Ordinance lists use-specific standards that the proposed use must be able to meet in order to locate on a particular property. The use also must meet all other applicable standards in the Zoning Ordinance and other regulatory codes.
The City's Zoning Maps show the zoning district for each property.
If I see that the use I want to have is a conditional use, and I can meet all of the conditions, do I need to do anything else or can I start operating the use on the property?
If you are looking at opening a business in an existing location, you should contact our Open for Business program so that we can help you determine whether you are interpreting the use type and the use table correctly, and see if the property has any other issues about which you should be aware before you decide whether to move forward with purchasing or leasing the property. For example, certain building or fire code modifications may be required, or site improvements may need to be made to the parking lot, landscaping areas, or other areas of the property.
If you are looking at developing or redeveloping a property, you should start with a sketch plan review meeting. See the zoning plan review page for more information.
For further information, please call Melody Kearse at 803-329-7088.