On September 27, 2021, the City Council adopted a 'Findings Policy' requiring justification for approval of zoning cases that exceed the recommended mix of uses, maximum densities, or building heights, as recommended in the Future Land Use Dashboards. This policy is intended to provide greater transparency for the public as to why approval is thought to be beneficial to immediate neighbors, the surrounding community, and the general public interest.
(a) When recommending approval of a zoning petition that does not conform to the mix of uses, density, or building heights as described in the Future Land Use Dashboards of the comprehensive plan, the Planning & Zoning Commission must propose specific findings to the City Council that will explain why they recommend approval under these circumstances; and
(b) When approving a zoning petition that does not conform to the mix of uses, density, or building heights as described in the Future Land Use Dashboards of the Comprehensive Plan, the City Council must make specific findings that will explain why they approve under these circumstances; and
(c) Such findings will be based on adopted city policy, such as the comprehensive plan, or other land-use-related considerations connected to the zoning petition.