Before a General Land Use Plan (GLUP) amendment request will be considered for any site where there is no adopted plan or where the GLUP amendment request is inconsistent with the guidance of the relevant adopted plan, a special planning study or analysis must be completed and presented to the County Board. These studies are necessary to assess whether proposed changes are consistent with the County’s long-term planning principles and goals.
The following outlines the necessary steps for GLUP amendment applications that have not been anticipated by previous planning efforts.
The following fees must be paid before beginning a Special GLUP Study.
- Non-refundable fees for “Rezonings with GLUP Amendment” fees
- Department of Environmental Services review fees as outlined in the zoning fee schedule
Fees are applied to the site plan review process/4.1 application fees if the 4.1 process is being pursued.
The following materials must be submitted in the form of a letter with accompanying graphics, if necessary:
- Property location and size
- Current and proposed GLUP designations for site and surrounding sites
- Current and proposed Zoning designations for site and surrounding sites
- Transportation information — proximity to transit, potential new streets or connections, existing vehicle counts on all frontages, pedestrian counts
- Other information necessary for staff analysis, to be determined by staff based on the particular site
Is the requested GLUP amendment in an area that is not the subject of an adopted sector, revitalization or small area plan? Is the requested GLUP amendment inconsistent with the recommendations of a relevant adopted plan?
Is the proposed amendment within the realm of consideration? Should other GLUP categories be considered within the realm of consideration? Or should the current GLUP category be maintained?
Representatives of immediately affected civic associations are notified of meetings and are invited to participate fully in discussions of the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC). Representatives of affected homeowner associations, relevant commissions and other stakeholders may be invited to participate at the discretion of the LRPC.
Staff will briefly show a conceptual three-dimensional model similar to the project proposed by the applicant and provide a brief description of the proposal. The applicant may participate in the discussion or review only at the discretion of the LRPC.
Treatment of Associated Zoning Ordinance Amendments
In the event a Zoning Ordinance amendment is submitted along with a GLUP amendment request, staff will work with the LRPC and Zoning Committee chairs to determine on a case-by-case basis how the specific request should be evaluated. They will determine which subcommittee will review the request and who should be invited to attend the meetings prior to proceeding with the required Special GLUP Study process.
This process will generate an analysis that will provide a basis for discussion and recommendation in a report stating the findings of the study, which could include guidance regarding height, density, uses, tapering and the like. This report will also provide staff’s recommendations regarding which GLUP category or categories may be most appropriate for this site. Should a site plan application be filed for this site, a staff report, informed by the study report, recommending or not recommending advertisement for the requested GLUP amendment would be provided to the County Board. Authorizing the advertisement would not imply that the County Board supports the proposed amendment, but that it is in the realm of consideration.