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Zone Change
Zoning controls the use of land and the buildings thereon. If a proposed use of land or building development does not comply with the current zoning for that parcel, then a rezoning or Zone Change is required.  A rezoning or Zone Change is any change in the city’s official zoning map. A Zone Change includes annexation zoning, zoning amendments, zoning condition review, and zoning condition amendments. Sometimes a rezoning request also entails a Land Use Plan Amendment, when the proposed Zone Change does not match the Comprehensive Plan.

General Time Frame:
The length of time to process a Zone Change may vary depending on the complexity of the request, or if there are unique circumstances. However, Zone Changes generally can be processed in the following time frame:
  • Typical Zone Changes: 4 to 6 months
  • Large-Scale PUD Zone Changes: May take much longer, depending on the complexity of the project.

In order to maximize or efficiently process an application, it is in the applicant’s best interest to ensure that a complete and thorough application has been submitted and that any subsequent submittals adequately address all comments that were provided.
No building permit may be submitted for review until all development review applications have been approved.

General Notes:
Prior to submitting a Development Review Application for review, a pre-application meeting with staff should be scheduled to discuss the application and any additional requirements.
A Zone Change may be initiated by the city or by the owner of the property that is the subject of the Zone Change request.

Development Plan Required. Unless initiated by the city or determined unnecessary by the director, every application for Zone Change shall be accompanied by a development plan, except for the following:
  • A request to rezone to an R-1 or R-2 zoning district; or
  • A request to rezone to an AG district used only for residential activities and accessory agricultural uses.
Occasionally, the city may require a neighborhood meeting when it appears that an application may have impacts to the surrounding area.

The city is authorized to impose on a Zone Change approval any condition(s) that are necessary in order to carry out the general purpose and intent of the Land Development Code (LDC) or Comprehensive Plan.

Zone changes, if granted, run with the land and are in effect for the life of the property, regardless of ownership, unlike Conditional Use Permits or Uses-by-Permit, which are granted to the applicant only.

Zone Change-Related Forms:
Zone Change Facts to Know
Annexation Process and Facts to Know
Development Plan (PUD Development Permit) Facts to Know
Helpful Contact Information
Neighborhood Meeting Fats to Know
Pre-Application Meeting Facts to Know

Sources for Additional Information:
Comprehensive Plan
Land Development Code
Minor Modification Process for Plans, Permits, Plats, Usage – Facts to Know