Code/Zoning Administration

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Code administration is the process of implementing the Zoning Ordinance.  The Zoning Administrator is the staff person who has the responsibility to interpret and apply the ordinance, process civil hearings, and register group homes.  The Zoning Administrator is responsible for staffing the Board of Adjustment to hear and act on variances, special use permits, and similar types of cases.  The City also uses a contract Zoning Administration Hearing Officer to review and act on some cases.

Types of Applications/Review Processes

Variances.  It is difficult for the regulations and standards of the zoning ordinance to fit every property and every situation.  When hardships are created, the property owner may apply for a variance to seek relief from the regulations. 

Special Use Permits.  There are some developments listed in the zoning ordinance that require approval of a special use permit prior to beginning the use.  These are uses that may not always fit into the surrounding neighborhood.  Examples include cell towers, car washes, service stations, and outdoor seating areas.

Given the long history of development in Mesa, and the fact that the ordinance standards governing development change over time, it is recognized that it may be difficult, and even inappropriate, to require conformance with current code in older areas.  The Development Incentive Permit (DIP) [PDF] provides a means to consider modifications to the zoning ordinance standards to allow development on vacant properties consistent with surrounding properties.

Substantial Conformance Improvement Permits [PDF].  Given the long history of development in Mesa, and the fact that the ordinance standards governing development change over time, it is recognized that it may be difficult to require conformance with current code when modifying or adding on to an existing building.  The Substantial Conformance Improvement Permit (SCIP) provides a means to consider modifications to the zoning ordinance standards for additions to or modification of existing development.

Interpretations.  The wording and requirements of the zoning ordinance are not always clear in every situation.  When the applications of the code are not clear, a person may request an official interpretation from the Zoning Administrator.

Appeals. When a staff person makes a decision based on the zoning ordinance, that decision may be appealed if the person affected by the decision does not agree with the application of the code.


 

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