Reclassification of Zoning Hearings

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What to expect during a Rezoning hearing

Zoning Amendments fall under two categories  —  Text Amendments (changes to the zoning regulations) and Map Amendments (changes to the zoning map; also referred to as "rezoning").  Only Map Amendments are covered here:

 • The Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman opens the hearing and explains procedures.

 • All persons who will ask questions or speak shall be sworn-in, under oath.

 • Petitioner gives an opening statement and testimony. 
Note: If an attorney is representing you, the attorney typically makes the opening statement, and the attorney may call the petitioner as a witness and ask him or her a series of questions.

 • The Standards of Approval should be covered now or during questions.

Approval Standards for Zoning Amendments:
The Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation and the County Board decision shall consider the following standards.  However, the Zoning Board of Appeals’ recommendation and the County Board’s decision on any zoning text or map amendment is not controlled by any one factor under the following standards, but rather the approval of amendments is based on a balancing of the factors under each standard.

Approval Standards for Reclassification of Zoning (Map Amendments):

         a.   The compatibility of the proposed zoning with the existing use and zoning of nearby property.
         b.   The extent to which property values of the subject property are diminished by the existing zoning.
         c.   The extent to which the public health, safety, and welfare of the public are promoted by the existing zoning.
         d.   The relative gain to the public, as compared to the hardship imposed upon the applicant, if the proposed zoning is denied.
         e.   The suitability of the property for the purposes for which it is presently zoned.
         f.   The length of time the property has been vacant as zoned considered in the context of land development in the vicinity of the subject property.
         g.   The community need for the proposed use.
         h.   The consistency of the proposed amendment with the adopted comprehensive plan and the appropriateness of the comprehensive plan to the subject property.

 

 • The Zoning Board members will ask questions of the Petitioner.

 • Members of County staff and/or the public may ask questions (but not make statements) of the Petitioner.

 • When the Chairman allows, members of County staff and/or the public may make statements about the petition.

 • The Petitioner has the final chance to respond and make a closing statement.

 • The Chairman will continue or close the public hearing (i.e. the fact-gathering session).

 • The Chairman may open a Voting meeting or set a future date for one.

 • During the Voting meeting, Zoning Board members will discuss the facts of the case, may propose conditions-of-approval, and may vote to approve, approve with conditions, or to deny a petition.

The public hearing is concluded at the end of the Zoning Board Voting meeting and recommendation.  The case will then be forwarded to the County Board for final reviewing.  The case will be heard in the Planning, Environment, and Development committee, then the Committee of the Whole, and finally by the full County Board for a vote.

Complete and detailed information on procedures is contained in the Unified Development Ordinance under §16.20.010  ( Zoning Map and Text Amendments).


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