The Comprehensive Zoning process provides an opportunity for the County to make changes in zoning in accordance with the policies and recommendations in the General Development Plan
or other adopted plans
. The County may also use the Comprehensive Zoning process to rezone property in order to address an identified County or community need. Unlike the Administrative Zoning process, which is decided by the County’s Administrative Hearing Officer, the Comprehensive Zoning process involves introducing legislation to the County Council, which must hold public hearings on the proposed zoning changes prior to adoption of the legislation.
The County typically initiates the Comprehensive Zoning process after the General Development Plan has been updated, since zoning is one mechanism that can often be used to implement some of the Plan recommendations. Previous Comprehensive Zoning legislation was adopted between 1971 - 1976, in the period from 1985 - 1989, and most recently in 2000 - 2005, during the Small Area Plan
The 2011 Comprehensive Zoning Program will implement some of the recommendations in the 2009 General Development Plan. As an initial step in the process, a Comprehensive Zoning Application Process was held from December 2009 through February 2010. Applications received were evaluated by the Office of Planning and Zoning, and those zoning requests that are supported by the County will be included in the legislation introduced to the County Council for their approval.
The 2011 Comprehensive Zoning Program will include the steps outlined below:
The Comprehensive Zoning legislation will be adopted in three separate legislative bills according to the schedule below.
For questions on the comprehensive zoning process and legislation, please contact Lynn Miller in the Long Range Planning Division at (410) 222-7431.
To view a listing of the Comprehensive Zoning applications submitted, click on one of the links below.