We're undergoing a reorganization and some rewriting of our development codes, and I suggested renaming all requests for development approval "petitions" instead of "applications". I don't have a strong reason for the change, other than that "petition" seems more serious and formal. From a little bit of searching I found that one or the other term is popular in different states and regions, but probably not many people give it any thought as to why they use one instead of the other. But I'm curious if anyone out there has an opinion on the matter. Thanks.