The rezoning process requires that a public hearing, an open forum, is conducted by the Planning Commission. Business owners are encouraged to have a thorough discussion with the City Planner before a public hearing is scheduled. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide interested parties the opportunity to voice concerns about the proposed project. The applicant also has an opportunity to discuss the details of the proposal and reasons why the rezoning is requested.
Unlike the other approvals (special land use, variances, etc), rezoning requires an ordinance change. As such, the city cannot only consider the business specifically being proposed. It must also considers all of the other uses that could be permitted as 'of right' if the rezoning is adopted, current development patterns and the City's Master Plan.
For more information about these processes, standards, and required application materials, please review the City's comprehensive Guide to Development
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