Zone Changes

Criteria

City Zone Change and County Zone Change amend the Unified Zoning Regulations or the official map and can only be amended by the governing bodies for the City or the County. In making recommendations for the governing bodies, Planning Staff and the Zoning Boards and Commissions must consider whether the zoning or rezoning meet the following criteria:
  • Whether the new zoning is designed in accordance with the growth policy;
  • Whether the new zoning is designed to secure from fire and other dangers;
  • Whether the new zoning will promote public health, public safety and general welfare;
  • Whether the new zoning will facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements;
  • Whether the new zoning will provide adequate light and air;
  • Whether the new zoning will affect motorized and nonmotorized transportation;
  • Whether the new zoning will promote compatible urban growth;
  • Whether the new zoning considers the character of the district and the peculiar suitability of the property for particular uses;
  • Whether the new zoning will conserve the value of buildings; and
  •  Whether the new zoning will encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the City.

Hearings and Approval


The City Zoning Commission and County Zoning Commission holds a public hearing and forwards their recommendation for approval or denial to the appropriate governing body. Zone Changes require two readings by the governing body and in the City are not effective until 30 days following final approval.