Zone Change

Procedure for Zone Change

Step 1

Pick up a Zone Change Application and formulate a preliminary development plan pursuant to Section 126-176 (3).  It is a good idea to talk with the Department of Planning about your proposal.  This will help inform you of what sort of information the staff and Planning Commission may require in making a decision or to identify and resolve any potential conflicts.

If you are requesting annexation and initial zoning, all areas within the proposed annexation must be assigned the initial zone R1.  Then the property will be eligible to go through the rezoning process.  Each non-contiguous area will be considered as separate, and a separate application must be filed.

Step 2

Submit your Zone Change application and the preliminary development plan in compliance with Section 126-176 to the Planning Department.  The Planning and Engineering staff then reviews your preliminary plan for conformance to the regulations.  Then your application will be processed and readied for the next possible public hearing of the Planning Commission.  The Department of Planning makes a site review and prepares a staff report explaining your request.  Existing zoning and land uses on your property and adjoining properties are mapped.

Step 3

A notice of the zoning request is published in the Paducah Sun.  Adjacent property owners with 200 feet of the proposed change are notified by mail of the request.  Signs are posted on the property indicating the proposed zoning change.  This provides the opportunity for public input.

Step 4

Packets containing all of the information, including the staff reports, are mailed to the Planning Commissioners in order that an informed decision can be made.

Step 5

A Planning Commission Public Hearing is held on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall.  At this meeting, the public gets an opportunity to speak directly to the Commissioners and voice their support or concerns pertaining to your project.  The Planning Commission will then recommend approval or denial to the City Commission.  The Commissioners may elect to table the application in lieu of more information.

Step 6

Once recommended by the Planning Commission, the City Commission then introduces the Ordinance for the Proposed Map Amendment.  This is the first of two readings of the ordinance.

Step 7

At the second meeting of the City Commission, the Ordinance for Proposed Map Amendment is read again.  It is at this second meeting that the City Commission will approve or deny the ordinance.  If the application is denied, you must wait a period of one year for resubmittal.

Step 8

After approval from the City Commission, the ordinance is recorded, and the Map Amendment is made.  You may then submit final development plans for staff review.