The Zoning Ordinance regulates the development of land within the city. The Ordinance identifies the specific regulations for each zoning district identified on the Official Zoning Map for the city. Types of land development regulations in the Zoning Ordinance include, but not limited to, the following:
Permitted land use
Minimum lot sizes and building setback requirements
Supplementary regulations such as required parking for various uses
If a person desires to change the zoning of their property they need to submit an application to the City Planning Commission. The Commission is regulated by State law and has been appointed by the City Council to consider these types of requests through a public hearing process.
A zoning change application has a filing fee that covers the cost of a required newspaper public hearing notice and mail notices to neighbors. At a public hearing (normally the first Tuesday of every month) the applicant states their request and answers any questions from Planning Commissioners. Since it is a public hearing, neighbors and other individuals can comment about the zoning change request to the Planning Commission. At the end of the public hearing the Planning Commission takes a vote on the request which will serve as a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council has final authority to consider a zoning change request at one of its upcoming meetings.