Land Use Petitions
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Land Use Petitions

Current Planning provides the following types of land use petitions, and administers the petitions process, which culminates in the approval or denial of the petition request(s). A description of each type of petition is provided below. These petitions are applications to permit changes in land use, site development standards, or the legal establishment of existing uses. A full explanation of permitted land uses, and required development standards, can be obtained by reviewing our zoning ordinances. The necessary application forms to file these petitions are on-line.  

Rezoning petitions, in which an applicant (also known as the petitioner) files a request to rezone a parcel, to a different zoning district. Each zoning district outlines what uses are permitted and the standards that must be met when developing in that district.

Variance of use petitions, in which a petitioner files a request to vary or deviate from the uses that are permitted by the zoning district that applies to that parcel.

Variance of development standards petitions, in which the petitioner files a request to vary or deviate from development standards required and associated with the current zoning district of a parcel. (For example, not meeting the required setbacks, building height, parking requirements, etc.).

Special Exception Petitions, in which the petitioner files a request to permit a certain special use on a parcel, under specific circumstances, as permitted by the applicable zoning ordinance. (Types of Special Exceptions include: manufactured housing, religious, commercial, and industrial).

Approval petitions, in which a petitioner files a request for approval to develop a project in a unique zoning district, such as a park or hospital district or the Regional Center (downtown) district.

Modification petitions, in which a petitioner files a request to modify or change the commitments or conditions, design, or site plan, approved that were agreed to in a previous petition for a parcel.

Plat petitions, in which a petitioner files a request to subdivide land into lots for development.

Vacation petitions, in which a petitioner files a request that certain rights on a property be given up. There are several types of vacations: right-of-way, air rights, subterranean, and plat vacations. A right-of-way vacation is one in which the applicant requests that the public permanently gives up or relinquishes the public's right to use to a piece of ground, such as an alley, or street. A plat vacation is one in which the applicant requests that the public and any property owners within the plat (subdivision) permanently gives up or relinquishes any rights provided by the plat.