Map Amendment (Rezoning)
The Official Zoning Map identifies the geographic location of the zoning districts established in the UDO, and regulates the location of allowable uses and development forms in the City. It is a key tool for implementing the comprehensive plan and regulating development. The Map Amendment application procedure allows for review of requests to change the Official Zoning Map designation of lands in the City. This procedure is often called a Rezoning.
Map Amendment (rezoning) applications may be initiated by a City review body, or by anyone authorized to file an application. Map Amendment requests require a public hearing before the Zoning Commission (for a recommendation) and City Council (for final approval). The Zoning Commission may recommend or City Council may approve the requested Map Amendment or a Map Amendment of lesser intensity.
During the public hearing process, applications may not be converted from a basic Map Amendment application to a Conditional Rezoning application. This requires withdrawal of the Map Amendment application and resubmission of a Conditional Rezoning application. The City Council may not impose conditions of approval for Map Amendment applications. Map Amendment applications may not be expanded in size or scope after public notification has taken place without re-submittal, re-review, and re-notification of the application.
Special Steps in the Amendment Process
A public hearing is required by the Zoning Commission with final approval by the City Council by consent or following a public hearing. A pre-application conference is required for Map Amendment applications. Neighborhood meetings are only required if land classified as Conservation District (CD) is proposed for reclassification to MR-5 or a business zoning district.