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Comprehensive Zoning

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‚Äôs 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 program.
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:
  1. All property owners who own property that is being proposed for a change in zoning will receive written notice by mail.
  2. All parties who filed a Comprehensive Zoning Application will receive written notice by mail informing them of the recommendation on their application.
  3. All zoning proposals will be posted on this web page for public information. Also, the recommendation on each zoning application received by the Office of Planning and Zoning will be posted here.
  4. A public hearing on the proposed zoning changes will be conducted with the Planning Advisory Board.
  5. The legislation is then introduced to the County Council. The Council will hold a work session on each Bill prior to public hearings.
The Comprehensive Zoning legislation will be adopted in three separate legislative bills according to the schedule below.
 

Council Districts
1 & 4

Council Districts
6 & 7

Council Districts
2, 3, 5

* New Dates

Notices to be mailed to property owners and applicants

W 1/26

W 4/20

W 8/10

Zoning Proposals to be Posted on Web

W 2/2

W 4/27

W 8/17

Planning Advisory Board Hearing

W 2/16

W 5/11

W 8/31

Introduction of Bill

T 2/22

M 5/16

T 9/6

Council Work Session

M 3/14

M 6/13

M 9/12

Council Hearings (first 4 hearing dates)

M 3/21
M 4/4
T 4/19
M 5/2

M 6/20
T 7/5
M 7/18
M 8/1

M 10/3
M 10/17
M 11/7
M 11/21

To view a list of comprehensive zoning proposals in Council Districts 1 and 4, click on the link below:

Zoning Proposals Districts 1 & 4 

To view recommendations on all of the comprehensive zoning applications filed in Council Districts 1 and 4, click on the link below:
Applications in Districts 1 & 4 

Planning Advisory Board Recommendations on Zoning Proposals in Council Districts 1 and 4

To view a list of comprehensive zoning proposals in Council Districts 6 and 7, click on the link below:

 

Zoning Proposals Districts 6 & 7

 

To view recommendations on all of the comprehensive zoning applications filed in Council Districts 6 and 7, click on the link below:

Applications in Districts 6 & 7

Planning Advisory Board Recommendations on Zoning Proposals in Council Districts 6 and 7

County Council Comprehensive Zoning Amendment Requests - Districts 6 and 7 (Bill 44-11)

To view a list of comprehensive zoning proposals in Council Districts 2, 3, & 5 click on the link below:

 

Zoning Proposals Districts 2, 3, & 5 (** Updated 8/30/2011)

 

To view recommendations on all of the comprehensive zoning applications filed in Council Districts 2, 3, & 5, click on the link below:

Applications in Districts 2, 3, & 5 (** Updated 8/30/2011)

 

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. 
 

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