Planning and Zoning Process Overview
Overview of items reviewed by the Planning and Zoning
board (Rezoning, Council Use Permits, Site Plans, Minor General Plan
Through the pre-submittal process, a
determination will be made as to what types of applications are
needed to gain approval of the desired development. With the
exception of a Major General Plan Amendment, the general process is
First submittal - the applicant submits the
along with the required documents by the established
Staff will review the material and provide feedback to the
applicant as to the potential support for the request,
additional material needed, modifications needed to meet plan
and ordinance requirements, etc. This feedback is
typically provided within 2 weeks of the submittal deadline.
Follow up submittal - based on the feedback
received, the applicant will make a follow up submittal of
revised or additional material. If the application is
complete and the issues have been addressed, a date will be set
for the Planning and Zoning Board hearing.
Notices will be
sent, the property will need to be posted, and the request will
be advertised in the newspaper.
Citizen Participation - Most submittals
participation plan. This plan must state how the
applicant will engage surrounding property owners and residents
in review of the development request. At least 10 days
prior to the scheduled hearing, the applicant must provide a
report of the feedback received and actions taken as a result of
the citizen input.
Planning and Zoning Board - Staff prepares
a report and recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Board.
This report and recommendation is available on Thursday
afternoon prior to the Wednesday meeting. the Board holds
its regular meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
the Tuesday morning before that meeting a study session is held
to review cases, obtain clarification about the requests, and
ask for additional information that may be needed to help render
a decision or recommendation. All Board meetings are open
to the public and the applicants are encouraged to attend.
The Planning and Zoning Board makes the final
decision on some site plans and site plan modifications. All
rezoning, general plan amendments, and Council Use Permits, some
site plans and site plan modifications, go on to the City Council
for final action. The City Council hearing is generally
scheduled in the month following the Planning and Zoning Board
Major General Plan Amendments
A major plan amendment is required for development proposals of 320
acres or more that are not consistent with the planned character of
an area as described in the Mesa 2040 General Plan (see pages 16-23
of the General Plan). The
procedures for processing a major amendment are established by state
statute. The procedures specify that these applications received in
a calendar year must be processed together such that they all are
heard by the City Council at the same meeting. The review process
must also include a 60-day review period when comments can be
received and two public hearings by the Planning and Zoning Board.
In Mesa, major general plan amendments must be received in January.
application form contains a description of the requirements and the timeline for the current year.
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