Conditional Use Request

All land within the city is regulated by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The CZO includes a text with sets of zoning districts and a map that assigns each property in the city to one of the districts. Each zoning district in the city includes land uses that are defined as conditional uses.

A conditional use is allowed on a particular site only after a determination has been made by the City that the external effects of the land use on adjacent properties and on the surrounding neighborhood can be effectively mitigated by conditions. The CZO contains standards for consideration of conditional uses. Examples of common types of conditional uses include fast food restaurants in neighborhood commercial areas and large child care centers in residential areas. In some zoning districts, the size of a new development can trigger the need for a conditional use review. Conditions, which are normally called provisos by the City Planning Commission (CPC), may address the size and design of a building, landscaping, signage, hours of operation, and various other aspects of the requested conditional use.

Requests for conditional uses may also be initiated by the owner of a property or by the City Council. The CPC holds a public hearing on all conditional use requests and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council then makes a final decision on each conditional use request, following a public hearing.

Land Use Request Application


  • Structures between 0-4,999 square feet: $1,160.00 
  • Structures between 5,000-24,999 square feet: $2,320.00 
  • Structures between 25,000-74,999 square feet: $3,480.00 
  • Structures of 75,000 square feet or more: $4,640.00
  • Established Two-Family, Multi-Family, and Townhouse Dwellings with an increase in floor area: $700
  • Established Two-Family, Multi-Family, and Townhouse Dwellings with no increase in floor area: $500

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed application with the City Planning Commission (CPC) 
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, the applicant will be given a zoning docket number
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available CPC meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) at 1:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • During the public meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval, or denial to a zoning request
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process
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