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Special Review Use - Administrative Information

This page provides information for Special Review Use applications requiring consideration by the Director of Planning and Building Safety.   All other Special Review Use applications require consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council, with information found here.  Please contact the Planning Department with questions on the process, or to set up an appointment to submit an application.  More information can be found in this packet.

What qualifies as an Administrative Special Review Use?

In addition to meeting all other criteria for Special Review Uses, administrative approval may be considered for applications that meet both of the following:

  • Properties not contiguous to any residentially zoned property.  Public right-of-way and private streets or alleys will not be considered with determining contiguity.  Click here to see the City's zoning map.
  • New building construction associated with the Special Review use, whether for a new building or for an addition to or expansion of an existing building, does not exceed 200 square feet.

 Submittal Requirements

1.  Application
2.  Written request addressing:
        a.  A description of the SRU request, including but not limited to the type of business, hours of operation, expected parking needs, etc
        b.  A response to each of the Criteria and Conditions for Approval
3.  A to-scale site plan showing the following as applicable: the location of the business if in a multi-tenant building, any areas of outdoor uses, the location of buildings and structures, off-street parking and loading areas, service and refuse areas, lighting location and details, means of egress and ingress, major landscaping or screening proposals, signs, and pedestrian areas
4.  A floor plan and/or site plan of the business showing the location of all associated uses (office, school, warehouse, retail, outdoor seating, etc)
5.  Proof of ownership, such as a warranty deed
6.  Written authorization from the property owner, if not the applicant
8.  Any other items determined necessary to adequately review the application
8.  Fee

Submit all information as separate PDFs to the Planning Department.  Envelopes may be hand delivered or mailed to the Planning Department.  You may pay by check or credit card.


Once an application is received and deemed complete, it will be distributed to referral agencies for a 21-day referral review period.  A public notice will be mailed to property owners and businesses within 500 feet.  A sign will be posted on the property, and a pubic notice will be posted at the City's designated public notice locations and published in the Daily Camera.  Comments from the public will be accepted for 15 days from the date of public notice.

If a valid objection is not received and the application meets the approval criteria, the Director of Planning and Building Safety may approve the application.  If a valid objection is received, or the application does not meet the criteria, the application will be processed through the Special Review Use - Public Hearing procedures.

The Planning Department will issue written comments and/or a determination within 21 days of a receipt of a complete application.

Special Review Use Criteria

In order to approve an Administrative Special Review Use, the Director of Planning and Building Safety must find that all of the criteria in Section 17.40.105 are met:

     1. The property upon which the proposed use is located in not contiguous to any residentially zoned property.  Public right-of-way and private streets or alleys will not be considered when determining contiguity;

     2. New building construction associated with the proposed special review use, whether for a new building or an addition to or expansion of an existing building, does not exceed 200 square feet;

     3. The proposed use is consistent in all respects with the spirit and intent of the comprehensive plan and of this chapter, and is not contrary to the general welfare and economic prosperity of the city or the immediate neighborhood;

     4. That such use/development will lend economic stability, compatible with the character of the surrounding established areas;

     5. That the use/development is adequate for the internal efficiency of the proposal, considering the functions of the residents, recreation, public access, safety and such factors including circulation, storm drainage facilities, solid waste, sewage and water facilities, grades, dust control and such other factors directly related to public health and convenience;

     6. That the external effects of the proposal are controlled, considering compatibility of land use; safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians; services, including arrangement of signs and lighting devices as to prevent the occurrence of nuisances; landscaping and other similar features to prevent the littering and accumulation of trash, together with other factors deemed to effect public health, welfare, safety and convenience;

7. That the proposed use does not include limited wholesale sales as defined in section 17.08.262