Special Use Permits

The purpose of a Special or Conditional Use Permit is to allow the integration of essential or desirable uses which may be suitable only in certain zoning districts or designed or arranged on a site in a certain manner.  All uses set forth in the zoning regulations are subject to use permit review and are declared to be of such unique and special character that it is impractical to include them as principal permitted uses or as accessory uses in any district.

Prior to the issuance of a Special or Conditional Use Permit, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing.  In some circumstances, the Planning Commission is an advisory board to the City Council.  In this circumstances, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council.  The City Council, too, will hold a public hearing before acting on the permit application.

In approving a Special or Condition Use Permit, it must be determined that

  1. The proposed structure or use conforms to the requirements and the intent of the zoning regulations, and of the comprehensive plan, relevant area plans and other lawful regulations;
  2. Any additional conditions necessary for the public interest have been imposed; and
  3. The use or structure will not constitute a nuisance or be detrimental to the public welfare of the community.

If your use required a Special or Conditional Use Permit, please use the application form, below.  Applications must be accompanied by sufficient supporting documentation.  An application checklist has been provided.   Not all supporting documents may be required for every application.  Please contact the Planning Department to discuss your application and for determination of which checklist items will be required.