Development Definitions

Administrative Subdivision: Dividing of a lot, tract or parcel into less than 6 lots, tracts or parcels in an existing subdivision plat that does not propose new streets and can be approved administratively, called administrative replats. Other administrative subdivisions include lot-line adjustments, lot combinations and lot certifications. 

Annexation: The incorporation of land area into an existing municipality with a resulting change in the boundaries of that municipality.

Certificate of Appropriateness: A certificate reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Board that states the proposed work is appropriate for the historic site or district and meets approval criteria. The certificate is required before most exterior work begins and before a building permit can be issued. 

Conditional Overlay District: Established as an overlay to a base zoning district, which limits the particular uses to be established in accordance with specific standards and conditions. There are circumstances in which a base zoning district designation allowing such a use by right would not be appropriate for a particular property even though the use itself could, if properly planned, be appropriate for the property consistent with the objectives of these regulations and the comprehensive plan. 

Conditional Use Permit: A use permitted in a particular zoning district only upon showing that such use in a specific location will comply with all the conditions and standards for the location or operation of such use as specified in this article and authorized by the City Council.

Major Subdivision: Dividing of a lot, tract, or parcel into 6 or more lots, tracts or parcels, any division of previously unplatted land, or any division of land that creates a new street. This process includes a Preliminary Plat which is approved by City Council and then a Final Plat that can be approved by city staff if it conforms to the Preliminary Plat. 

Planned Development: The preliminary plan for property development that either cannot be accommodated by the existing zoning laws or that requires additional regulations to protect a neighborhood from the proposed development. A specific ordinance approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council is produced, which also specifies how the final development plan may be approved. Follows the Zoning Map Amendment process. 

Relinquishment of Easement: Legal measure where the City gives up its right to cross private property with public utility lines (gas, water, electric, sanitary sewer) because the easement is no longer needed. 

Subdivision Plat: A map representing a tract of land showing the boundaries and location of individual properties and street. A map of a subdivision. 

Vacation: Process whereby the city relinquishes the public's interest in a street, alley, or subdivision. When the street, alley or subdivision is vacated it becomes private property. 

Variance: A discretionary privilege granted by the Board of Adjustment because strict and literal enforcement of code provisions would, due to special conditions peculiar to a particular property, result in unusual difficulty or hardship. 

Zoning Map Amendment: A change in a property's zoning to allow a land use that is not under the existing zoning.