A. Purpose: Every zoning district contains certain buildings, structures and uses of land which are normal and complementary to permitted uses in the district, but which, by reason of their typical physical or operational characteristics, influence on the traffic function of adjoining streets, or similar conditions, are often incompatible with adjacent activities and uses. It is the intent of this ordinance to permit special uses in appropriate zoning districts, but only in specific locations within such districts that can be designed and developed in a manner which assures maximum compatibility with adjoining uses. It is the purpose of this section to establish principles and procedures essential to proper guidance and control of such uses.
B. General Regulations:
1. Zoning district regulations established elsewhere in this ordinance specify that certain buildings, structures and uses of land may be allowed by the Town Council as conditional uses in a given district subject to the provisions of this section and to requirements set forth in district regulations. The Town Council is empowered to grant and to deny applications for use permits and to impose reasonable conditions upon them.
2. Any building, structure or use existing on the effective date of this ordinance which is reclassified as a special use by this ordinance for the district in which it is located shall be considered as meeting the conditions which would otherwise be imposed upon such use by this ordinance, and its continuance shall not be subject to issuance of a special use permit; provided, however, to the extent that such use fails to conform to the requirements of this ordinance, it shall be considered nonconforming as described in section 4.01, and its continuance shall be governed by all nonconforming use regulations applicable thereto.
3. Every special use permit issued shall be applicable only to the specific use and to the specific property for which it is issued. Upon completion and final inspection by the Zoning Administrator of any authorized structures, signifying that all zoning and site development requirements imposed in connection with the permit have been satisfied, the special use permit shall thereafter be transferable and shall run with the land, whereupon the maintenance of special conditions imposed by the permit, as well as the compliance with other provisions of this ordinance, shall become the responsibility of the property owner.
C. Special Use Permit Application:
1. Application for a use permit shall be filed with the Development Services Department on a form prescribed by the Development Services Department. The application shall be forwarded to the Commission by the Planning and Zoning Division, and when required by the Zoning Administrator, shall be accompanied by a detailed site plan prepared in accordance with Section 2.04 showing all information necessary to demonstrate that the proposed use will comply with all special conditions as well as other regulations and requirements of this Zoning Ordinance. An applicant may furnish the Commission with any additional information it may consider relevant to the case.
D. Commission Action and Findings:
1. It is the express intent of this ordinance that any use for which a special use permit is required shall be permitted in the particular zoning district; provided, that all special conditions and requirements of this ordinance are met. Therefore, the action of the Commission shall be one of recommending approval or denial to the Town Council based upon its judgment as to whether the specified conditions have been or will be met. The Commission shall consider not only the nature of the use and the special conditions influencing its location in the particular district, but also the proposed location of buildings, parking and other facilities within the site, the amount of traffic likely to be generated and how it will be accommodated, and the influence that such factors are likely to exert on adjoining properties. The Commission may make such suggestions to the Town Council concerning ways a proposed project may be acceptable and compatible to the area.
2. Notice of the nature of the special use permit application and the date of the meeting at which it will be considered shall be posted on the property and shall be mailed to the owners of all real property within three hundred (300) feet of the external boundaries of the property for which application is made. The applicant shall be responsible for providing the names and addresses of these owners.
3. The Commission shall consider the application at the first regular meeting after the proper advertising procedures and period have been completed. The Commission, at this regularly scheduled meeting, shall either (1) make a recommendation to the Town Council, or continue the matter to a specified date (but not longer than sixty (60) days from the date of the original hearing). Within sixty (60) days after the date of the original hearing, the Commission shall render its decision in the form of a written recommendation to the Council. The recommendation shall include the rationale for the recommendation. However, if the Commission is not able to make a recommendation to the Council at the continued meeting and the applicant does not consent to a further continuance, the matter shall be automatically forwarded to the Council with a recommendation for denial.
4. It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to maintain the posting. The notice shall set forth the time and place of the hearing and include a general explanation of the matter to be considered and a general description of the area affected.
5. In order to recommend approval of any use permit, the findings of the Commission must be that the establishment, maintenance, or operation of the use or building applied for will not be detrimental to the public health, safety, peace, comfort, and general welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed use, nor shall it be detrimental or injurious to property and improvements in the neighborhood or to the general welfare of the Town.
6. The Commission may recommend to the Town Council such conditions in connection with the use permit as it deems appropriate to secure the intent and purposes of this ordinance and may recommend such guarantees and evidence that such conditions are being or will be followed.
7. If the Commission finds that the application and supporting data do not indicate that all applicable conditions and requirements of this ordinance will be met, it may recommend denial of the special use permit. The Commission recommendation shall be mailed to the applicant at the address shown on the application.
8. Upon conclusion of the Commission's hearing, the Commission's recommendation shall be forwarded to the Town Council along with the application materials, staff report, written comments from the public, and minutes of the hearing.
E. Council Action and Findings:
1. When the Town Council receives a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission concerning a Special Use Permit application, it shall hear the request at the scheduled date and time specified in accordance to the Arizona Open Meeting Law, but no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting held at least eight (8) days after the Commission recommendation is received. The Council may adopt the Commission's recommendation, approve the Special Use Permit request with the conditions it deems appropriate, or deny the Special Use Permit.
2. The Council's decision shall be final and shall become effective immediately. Notice of the decision shall forthwith be mailed to the applicant at the address shown in the application.
F. Time Limits:
1. The Council may establish a time limitation for special use permits. A building permit for the construction of any improvements allowed by any special use permit issued by the Town Council shall be secured within six (6) months from the date of approval. Any lapsing of the building permit prior to completion of the improvements will cause the Special Use Permit to become null and void. Prior to the termination of this time limit, the applicant may make a written request to the Town Council and the Council may reconsider said use permit to determine if the permit should be reissued for an additional time period or be terminated. There shall be no use permit fee for this extension request.
2. No person shall reapply for the same or substantially the same use permit on the same or substantially the same plot, lot, or parcel of land within a period of one (1) year from the date of denial of said use permit.
1. Special use permits granted in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance may be revoked by the Town Council, if any of the conditions or terms of the permit are violated or if any law or ordinance is violated in connection therewith. The Zoning Administrator shall notify the permittee of a violation of a special use permit, in writing. If the violation is not remedied or the remedy is not substantially begun in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator within ten (10) days after notification, the owner/tenant should be notified that the Town Council will consider revocation of the permit at its next meeting.
2. Any special use permit issued by the Town Council shall be considered null and void if construction does not conform to the originally approved site plan. Any requests for deviations from the originally approved site plan shall be processed as a new use permit.
H. Fee: The application for a special use permit shall be accompanied by a filing fee in an amount established by a schedule adopted by resolution of the Council and filed in the office of the Town Clerk. No part of the filing fee shall be refundable. Payment of the filing fee shall be waived when the petitioner is the Town, county, school district, state or federal government.