Code Administration/Zoning Administrator
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
Hearing Officer to review and act on some cases.
Types of Applications/Review Processes
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) 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. 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.
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.
Group Home Registration
A group home is a "group home for the handicapped", and is defined
in Section 11-86-2 of the Mesa City Code as "A dwelling shared as
their residence by handicapped persons who reside together as a
single housekeeping unit, in which staff persons may provide
supervision, counseling, treatment or therapy for the residents
therein, and which may be licensed by, certified by, registered
with, or otherwise authorized, funded, or regulated, in whole or in
part, by an agency of the state or federal government. The
term shall include adult care homes, homes for the chronically
mentally ill, group care agencies, and similar residential living
arrangements for handicapped persons, but shall not include boarding
houses, homes for the developmentally disabled, nursing homes,
substance abuse treatment facilities, or any facility providing
treatment, counseling, or therapy to patients or clients who do not
reside on the premises"
Federal law dictates that these types of homes be allowed in all
residential districts. The City can ensure there is spacing
between homes to maintain the character of a neighborhood.
Before a group home can begin operation, they must submit a
Group Home Registration to the Planning
Division and demonstrate compliance with City regulations.
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Mesa, AZ 85211
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