§ 6. Zone Change And Text Amendment Conferences  


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  • A. Proposed Zone Change and Text Amendment Conferences. The Director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings shall convene a public staff conference related to applications for a change to the zoning map prior to consideration of such zone change by the Commission. The Director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings may, in his or her discretion, convene a public staff conference related to an amendment to the text of the City of Cincinnati Zoning Code prior to consideration of such text amendment by the Commission. Public staff conferences shall be at a place and time to be determined in the discretion of the Director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings.

    B. Notice of Public Staff Conference for Zone Changes. Notice of a public staff conference for zone change shall be sent by regular mail and postmarked at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to a conference to the following:

    1. When there are ten (10) or fewer parcels proposed to be changed, to owners of record of property within the area proposed for change and to all owners of property located within a 400-foot radius of the subject property. The community council representing the citizens in the area of concern shall also be notified.

    2. When there are ten (10) or more parcels proposed to be changed, to individuals or representatives of individuals and organizations who have specifically asked to be notified, to the community organization representing the citizens in the area of concern, to each owner of record of property within the boundary of the area for which the zoning district change has been proposed, and to other parties as the Director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings may deem advisable to notify.

    C. Notice of Public Staff Conference for Text Amendments. Notice of a public staff conference for a text amendment shall be sent by regular mail and postmarked at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to a conference to the following:

    1. The community council representing the citizens in the area of concern; and

    2. To other parties as the Director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings may deem advisable to notify.

    D. Conference Procedure. A staff member shall be present at a public staff conference. The procedure for a public staff conference shall be as follows:

    1. A staff member or member of the Commission shall act as chairman and shall direct a presentation of the petition and the relevant facts.

    2. The chairman shall call upon the petitioner and opponents, if any, for their presentations.

    3. The staff may ask questions of the petitioner, proponents and opponents and may allow reasonable rebuttals by the proponents and opponents.

    4. The staff shall record the statements made at the conference.

    5. The staff may request statements in writing from the petitioner, proponents and opponents, addressed to the Commission.

    E. Staff Reports. Following a public staff conference, the staff shall present the petition, staff recommendations and written statements to the Commission. After the staff has held a public staff conference and made a recommendation, the Secretary shall place the item on the Agenda for a regularly scheduled Commission meeting, unless the Commission decides to consider such item at a special meeting. In addition to public notice of a Commission meeting, notices of the date, time and place of the presentation shall be sent to all persons who indicated at the public staff conference that they wished to be notified of the meeting before the Commission. Copies of the staff report and recommendations will be made available to the applicant or his representative, community council representatives, and interested citizens, limited in number by economic prudence. The interested parties shall indicate at the public staff conference who shall receive the report and recommendation.