Each zoning district designates specific permitted and conditional uses. Conditional uses are uses that may be compatible with an area depending on the specifics of the particular project, its surroundings, and the level of services available to the site, but are not permitted "by right" in the district.
The conditional use permit process gives the City sufficient flexibility to determine whether a specific land use on a given site will be compatible with the environment and the Comprehensive Plan. In reviewing a conditional use permit application, planning staff, the Planning Board, and City Council will evaluate such items as building placement and size, characteristics of the use, traffic generation and circulation, noise, hours of operation, adequacy of parking, proposed merchandise, landscaping and overall compatibility of the use with adjoining properties, and other related development impacts.
Conditions may be imposed as necessary to ensure that the proposed use will be compatible with the surrounding properties and environment.