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How does the city handle zone changes?
• A zone change on a property is a change in what the property can be used for. It can be initiated either by the property owner or the city.
a. If initiated by the property owner, the City Charter dictates that the request is first submitted to City Council, and Council will refer it to Planning Commission, which must make a decision within 45 days.
b. If initiated by Council or Planning Commission, there is no time limit for the decision to be made.
• The next step is for Planning Commission to hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to Council.
a. For the public hearing, a legal ad is placed in the Enquirer, a listserve is sent, the meeting notice is posted on the website and placed on the door of the city building, and when Charter dictates, notices are mailed to residents within 200 ft. of the property.
b. At the Planning Commission public hearing, a presentation is given to the public with all the information about the proposed zone change. Anyone may speak and voice their objections or support during the Public Hearing.
c. After the Chairman closes the public hearing, the Planning Commission discusses all the information, including comments from the public, then makes their decision. If they feel they need more time they may table the decision, (within the 45 days).
• After Planning Commission makes their recommendation to Council, Council will review it, generally at a regularly scheduled meeting, as a “First Reading”.
a. Council may discuss it in a Law and Safety Committee meeting, which is a public meeting, before or after the “First Reading”.
b. Council will hold a public hearing, which is considered to be the “Second Reading”. The same notification process as above is followed: a legal ad is placed in the Enquirer, a listserve is sent, the meeting notice is posted on the website and placed on the door of the city building, and when Charter dictates, notices are mailed to residents within 200 ft. of the property. Council will take public comments and discuss the application.
c. Council will hold a “Third Reading” before a decision is made. Council does not have a time limit to make the decision, and may approve the proposal with modifications.
d. If Council agrees with Planning Commission’s decision, they need four (4) votes to affirm it. If Council overturns Planning Commission’s decision, they need five (5) votes. Otherwise they can approve or deny with four (4) votes.
e. If Council denies it, no further action is required. If a property owner wants to pursue it, she or he may either start over with a substantially different proposal; or appeal to Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.
f. If Council approves it, it becomes effective after 45 days.
g. If the residents are against Council’s decision, they may circulate petitions to bring it to vote at the next election.


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