The City of Geneva is divided into 26 zoning districts. Each zoning district establishes a specific list of allowable uses and area requirements.
Some zoning districts also establish specific development standards designed to protect the intent of that district. A zoning map amendment may be used to reclassify a property’s zoning district.
For example, a property owner may wish to rezone a property from the R1, Low Density Single-Family Residential District to the R6, Medium Two- and Three-Family Residential District in order to convert a single-family home into a duplex.
Zoning map amendments are typically requested because the original zoning was issued in error (a residential property was classified as business) or because the character of the surrounding area has changed over time, which warrants a change in zoning.
A zoning map amendment may be initiated by the City Council, Plan Commission or owner of the property for which the amendment is sought.