Zoning is a classification of land within the community by districts or zones in which permitted uses and conditional uses are established. Zoning also provides developmental regulations such as minimum lot sizes, building sizes, placement of buildings, minimum yard setback requirements, parking, landscaping, screening between residential and non-residential uses, etc. These requirements vary from district to district.
Within zoning districts there are permitted uses and conditionally permitted uses. A permitted use is one that is allowed by right on a property. A conditional use is a use which may be permitted by City Council under case-specific situations. As a Conditional Use Permit is case specific, it lets the City know the specific type of development that is proposed for a particular piece of property. Conditional Use Permits are added to a zoning district where a particular use is not included in that zone‘s allowable uses by right, but with certain conditions granted by the permit, could be compatible and acceptable. It is common for specific conditions to be placed on the approval of a Conditional Use Permit in order to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood or community. See VI. Conditional Use Permits for more information. If a proposed use is not allowed in a particular zoning district by-right or with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit, a zone change may be applied for.