The current planning function deals with
establishing the entitlements of a property for development with a
particular use. Current planning processes ensure the property
has the correct zoning district to allow the desired use and that
the proposed site plan is consistent with surrounding developments,
the General Plan, and the Zoning Ordinance requirements. In
many cases, this process also includes reviewing the architectural
design of the buildings and the landscape plans. Which types
of applications a project needs is determined during review of the
project with city planning staff.
Types of Applications/Review Process
Annexing of land is the process of bringing additional land into the
Subdividing is the process of dividing larger parcels of land into
smaller tracts or lots. This process includes Maps of
Land Splits, and
included with this area is adjusting the boundaries between lots -
Lot Line Adjustments, making corrections to previously
approved subdivisions - Affidavit of Change and Affidavit
of Correction, and enlarging the size of a piece of property
through Lot Combinations.
Rezoning. Each piece
of property within the City of Mesa has a zoning designation that
determines what land uses are allowed and what the development
requirements are. Rezoning is the process of changing the
designation on a piece of property. Rezonings are reviewed by
Planning and Zoning Board prior to action by the
Council Use Permits.
Council use permits are conditional uses that can occur on a piece
of property if it receives approval by the City Council at a public
hearing. Typically these are uses that could have a
significant impact on adjacent properties. Council use permits
are reviewed by the
Planning and Zoning Board prior to action
by the City Council.
Site Plan Review.
Most non-single residence properties in Mesa must receive site plan
approval prior to development. Once a site plan is approved,
site plan modifications must be approved prior to making a change to
the site. Site plans are approved by either the City Council
Planning and Zoning Board. Site plan modifications
are approved by either the Planning and Zoning Board or staff.
Design review deals with the architectural quality of buildings and
the landscape design. Most multiple residence, commercial, and
industrial developments require design review approval prior to
being able to submit for a building permit. Modifications to
properties that have previously received design review approval must
also be reviewed. New projects receive review and direction by
Design Review Board. Most projects are approved by
7:00 am to 6:00 pm, M-TH
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