What is a special use?
Each of the zone districts in the city has a list of permitted and special uses. Special uses are intended to fill a particular void in services in the area in which a property is located. Approval of a special use is dependent on compatibility with surrounding land uses, design of the property, and operation and management of the use. Special use approvals can be vested with the land in perpetuity, can be granted only to the applicant, or can be for a specific period of time. An applicant requesting a special use must have a pre-application conference with city staff and a neighborhood meeting. Special use requests can be approved administratively by the Community Development Director or through a public hearing in front of City Council.Special Use Permits

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1. What is zoning and does it impact me and my property?
2. How can I find out my zoning?
3. What regulations pertain to my property?
4. What uses are permitted on my property?
5. Are there other regulating documents that impact my property?
6. How close to my property lines may I build a house, shed or garage?
7. Can I keep horses on my property?
8. Can I keep poultry on my property?
9. How many dogs may I have on my property?
10. How high can a fence be on my property?
11. Can I have a barbed wire or electric fence on my property?
12. Can I store an RV on my property?
13. Can I have an in-home business?
14. Am I allowed to have a garage sale from my residential property?
15. If my property is zoned Residential-Two (R-2) does it mean that I can have a duplex?
16. Can I keep a trash dumpster on my residential property?
17. What type of signage is allowed on my residential property?
18. What type of signage is allowed on commercial property?
19. Does the city have information pertaining to my property?
20. Can you tell me where my property lines are located or can the city survey my property?
21. What if I want to vary my zoning standards?
22. How do I know if my project will be approvable or supported by staff?
23. What is a pre-application conference?
24. What will be required to sell one-half of my duplex?
25. How do I know if my property is in the floodplain?
26. What do I need to do to build in the floodplain?
27. What is a special use?
28. What is a zone change?
29. Why is a neighborhood meeting required?
30. What public noticing is given for the upcoming public hearings?
31. Can I contact my City Council representatives to express my opinion about a special use or zone change?
32. What is a zone change protest?
33. What is the policy concerning outdoor food vending at a particular location?
34. What are the City's Sight Distance Triangle requirements?
35. Am I allowed to have an accessory building on my commercial property?
36. Can I park a truck-tractor or semi-trailer on or in front of my residential property?
37. What is Mixed Use Zoning?
38. How can I participate in a public meeting or public hearing?