Conditional Use Permit Process
The Planning Commission considers Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for proposed uses of a property or structure that are not specifically permitted within the subject zone, as defined by the City’s municipal code. A CUP enables the City to control certain uses that could have detrimental effects on the community. Permitting a particular use, subject to certain conditions of approval, may help to make that use more compatible with the neighborhood. A CUP is not a zone change but rather a project-specific change in the uses allowed on a specific property. CUPs do not involve the establishment of new codes, regulations, or policies. If a CUP is approved, it will usually require that the applicant adhere to certain conditions of approval.
Consideration of a CUP is handled through a public hearing process. A CUP requires the approval of the Planning Commission and may be appealed to the City Council. Some examples of when a CUP is required include:
• Installation of utilities
• Food Service Establishments (restaurants, markets, coffee shops, etc.)
• Residential Service or Care Facilities
• Real-estate offices
• Religious Facilities