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The length of time necessary for each land use review depends on the procedure type, whether or not the initial application contains all the required materials and other factors. In general, a land use review will take from two to six months. Delays may occur when additional materials must be submitted, when a review is placed on hold to address various issues or when a review is appealed.
Procedure Types: There are five types of land use reviews. The step-by-step processing requirements are found in the Zoning Code under Chapter 33.730 - Quasi-Judicial Procedures. The assignment of a particular procedure type (I, II, IIx, III or IV) is usually done in the chapter that establishes the review.
This review procedure is required for some historic resource reviews that are small in scope or impact.
This review procedure is required for environmental resource enhancement, the simplest design reviews and the simplest land division preliminary plan reviews.
This review procedure is required for adjustments (similar to variances), most environmental reviews, some conditional uses and some design reviews.
This review procedure is required for large land divisions or land divisions on sensitive lands or when 4 or more land use reviews are requested in one application.
This review procedure is required for more complex reviews such as some land divisions, conditional uses, zoning map amendments and comprehensive plan map amendments, environmental violations and design reviews.
This review procedure is required for demolition reviews.
When extensions are requested, it isimportant to ensure that there is adequate time to accommodate the required public review,drafting the decision, and any required hearings (including appeals) within the extended review period.
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