The County’s zoning regulations identify certain uses of land as ‘special uses’. These uses may or may not be appropriate within a specific zoning category depending on surrounding uses, site layout, planned operations, etc. The County has established a review process for such uses to ensure that proposed development will be compatible with adjacent development. This review process typically takes 2 months to complete. Details of the Special Use process are found in Section 13.08 of the Zoning Ordinance. In some cases, the County may impose conditions on the special use, such as restricted hours of operation or a requirement for buffering from an adjacent property. Reference the Table of Uses to see what is a permitted use versus a special use or conditional use. Once a special use is approved you many amend the special use via a minor amendment or major amendment to the special use.
Minor Amendment to Special Uses
Minor Amendments are those that do not alter the intent or uses of the property for which a Special Use has been approved. Minor Amendments shall be limited to the list in section 13.08.N of the Zoning Ordinance. The minor amendment to a special use process is done in house by the Zoning Administrator or his or her designee and typically takes 15 to 30 days to process.
Major Amendment to Special Use
A change to a special use that alters the intent or substantially violates the terms of compliance as specified in the approving ordinance granting the Special Use and which is not otherwise defined as a minor amendment shall constitute a major amendment to a Special Use. Major Amendments shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of 13.08.C (Processing of Special Uses) of the Zoning Ordinance.