Each zoning district establishes a specific list of allowable uses. Allowable uses are divided into two categories; either permitted or special uses.
A use listed as “permitted” in a zoning district is considered to always be appropriate for the district and does not require any special permission from the City Council. Permitted uses are allowable by right and simply require the property owner to obtain the necessary building permits or change of use permit to establish the use.
A use listed as “special” in a zoning district is considered to have characteristics that may create off-site negative impacts on allowable permitted uses within the district. Therefore, such uses are required to obtain a special use permit, which requires a public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission and ultimate approval by the City Council.
Conditions of approval may be placed on a special use request to ensure that any negative impacts are mitigated or eliminated.