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    Site plan review question

    Our Zoning Ordinance when discussing site plan review does not say anything about the Planning Commission. It only says that the Zoning Administrator will consider the following items when making a decision.

    Do all site plan reviews go before Planning Commissions?

    I appreciate the help

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    Sounds like not - site plans are administrative.

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    It really depends on the nuts and bolts of your regulations. There's no general answer. Some places require just about every site plan to go before a commission even for what amounts to an administrative review of zoning compliance.

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    They are usually administrative only. If you have design guidelines, that might go before the planning commission or a design review board that often includes PC members.

    Site plans usually involve standards that IMO never should be before the Commission: drainage, fire lane access, landscaping arrangement. I have seen a PC that wanted to waive the drainage standards for "economic development".

    In my fair town, site plans do go before the PC. We only discuss those items pertinent to our Sustainable Master Plan. Within those parameters, it works. Also, for a zoning change inconsistent with the plan, a site plan is required with the zone change application. Conditional use applications must include a site plan for commission review.
    Last edited by mike gurnee; 08 Sep 2009 at 12:59 PM. Reason: spelling oops

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    Depends on the enabling legislation in your state.

    In NH, all site plans (if a community has site plan regulations) are heard by the Planning Board.
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    I agree with the previous posters. Our ordinance only requires Commission approval if 1) the site is over 5 acres or 2) if it is a second structure on the parcel.
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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    MI treats site plans as a discretionary decision and so its up to the local unit of government to decide how they are approved.

    It sounds like your ordinance simply requires administrative review/approval. My previous place of employment had all site plans go through the PC; where I am now (larger, more urban city) handles them administratively.

    ((Not sure how impressive (ha!) this is or not, but I knew "Thumb City" was from MI just by the name alone, but was thinking it was Bad Axe or something ))

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    You've got administrative staff review there.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    In addition to the Zoning Ordinances, check with your organization's charter and appropriate state legislation.

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    Our Z.O. requires site plan review by the Plan Commission and Village Board for all multi-family and all non-residential developments.

    I've argued until I'm blue in the face for admin review of single parcel developments of less than 1 acre. However, the appointed and elected officials want to be in a position to respond when a resident asks them "how did you let THAT get built".

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    Staff review here in my part of Oregon. Appealable to Planning Commission and then to City Council, and the to the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

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