What is a special review use?

Each of the zone districts in the city has a list of permitted, special review uses and conditional uses. Special review uses are intended to fill a particular void in services but because of their possible impacts on a neighborhood they are looked at carefully before they are approved. Approval of a special review use is dependent on compatibility with surrounding land uses, design of the property, and operation and management of the use. Special review use approvals can be vested with the land in perpetuity or can be for a specific period of time. An applicant requesting a special review use must have a pre-application conference with city staff.

Request Process

Special review use requests must go through a public hearing process in front of Planning Commission and City Council and may be approved, approved with conditions or denied. Depending on the zone district, examples of special review uses are: accessory dwelling units, schools, recreational and social facilities, child care centers, professional offices, animal kennels/hospitals and salvage yards. Refer to Chapter 17.24 and 17.12 of the Zoning Regulations for more information about special review use

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1. What is zoning and how does it impact me and my property?
2. How can I find out my zoning?
3. Are there other regulating documents that impact my property?
4. Can you tell me where my property lines are located or can the city survey my property?
5. Does the City have a list of local surveyors I can contact for my project?
6. If my property is zoned R2, Medium Density Residential does it mean that I can have a duplex?
7. What if I want to vary my zoning standards?
8. How do I know if my project will be approvable or supported by staff?
9. What is a pre-application meeting?
10. What kinds of information do I have to bring to a pre-application meeting?
11. What is a site plan?
12. When do I have to do a site plan?
13. What is a special review use?
14. What is a conditional use?
15. What is a zone change?
16. What public noticing is given for upcoming public hearings?
17. As an interested citizen, how do I convey my opinions about a proposed special review use or zone change proposal in my neighborhood?
18. Can I contact my City Council representatives to express my opinion about a land use application?
19. What if I want to subdivide or adjust a lot line on my property.
20. I have an addressing question. Who should I call?