Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rezoning Process

This week, The Real O.C. has been going learning the process for getting a parcel of property rezoned. Earlier in the week, we visited the Department of Planning and Development, where they helped us learn the process to apply for rezoning. The rezoning process takes approximately 3 1/2 to 4 months. In order to have the parcel rezoned, there must be a letter sent to the Planning Controls Division, and the letter should include the property address, the current zoning of the property, what you want to rezone the property to and what the intended use will be. If the person that is requesting the rezoning is not the owner, then the owner of the property must also write a letter giving persmission for the rezoning. In addition to the letter requesting the property be rezoned, the following items must be submitted: Legal Description of the property, Deed, Site Paln, and a fee. The fee is currently $200 for 10 acres or less, which includes the $75 rezoning fee, and $125 advertising fee. (If your request does not get to the City Council level due to being denied or no action taken, then the $125 advertising fee will be refunded).

Once you have submitted your request, there will be a public hearing before the Planning Commission. If the request is recommended for approval by the Planning Commission, it will be scheduled for a public hearing before the City Council, who has final authority on all rezoning requests. If the request is denied, you must appeal the decision to the City Council.

Stay tuned for more information!

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