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Special Use Permit

Download/Print Special Use Permit Application (PDF Format)
  - Ordinance - Mixed-use conditional zoning (PDF Format)
Application for Conditional Zoning (PDF Format)
  - Ordinance - Conditional zoning (PDF Format)
Special Use Permit Brochure 2010 (PDF Format)

The process begins when a completed application, site plan and non-refundable fee is submitted by the appropriate deadline. The application is then checked for accuracy by the City Planning Staff.

The site plan submitted should include all pertinent details about the proposed use to include, but not limited to, such things as parking, ingress, egress, fencing, play areas, setbacks, square footage of building, hours of operation, number of employees, number of clients to be served, and landscaping, etc.

The City has a legal requirement by General Statute to advertise the request in the local newspaper. The City advertises the case for one day in two successive weeks prior to the first public hearing before the Zoning Commission. In addition, the City sends out notification letters to all property OWNERS within 750 feet of the property to inform them of when the public hearing will be, which property is being considered, and what kind of use is requested. These notification letters are sent prior to both the Zoning Commission and City Council meetings.

The case is first heard at a public hearing before the City Zoning Commission. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing, including the applicant, MUST sign up to speak in advance with the City Planning Staff, or on the night of the hearing in City Council Chambers prior to the beginning of the meeting.

The Zoning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council for approval or denial after hearing information from the City Planning Staff, and anyone else signed up to speak. The City Staff will present information on the surrounding land use, the surrounding zoning districts, what the 2010 Land Use Plan recommends as the long range plan of the area, and the findings of fact that must be met before the Special Use Permit can be granted. Since decisions are based on evidence presented, the staff makes no recommendation for approval or denial of the application.

After being heard by the Zoning Commission the case will then proceed to City Council who will hold another public hearing and base the decision to approve or deny based on the findings of fact.

Should you have any questions about the application or Special Use Permit process, please do not hesitate to call the City Planning Staff at (910) 433-1612.


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Special Use Permit Fee Schedule

Special Use Permit in a Residential District


Special Use Permit in a Professional or Commercial District


Conditional Zoning Fee Schedule

Conditional Zoning in Residential District


Conditional Zoning in a Professional or Commercial District