Guide To Rezoning
This information has been prepared to assist those applying to
the City for rezoning of property. The following steps illustrate
the rezoning procedure. It is suggested that you confer with the
City’s Planning staff for advice before you begin the rezoning
process. The City’s Planning staff can be reached from 8:30 AM to
4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at the Planning Office or by
calling (248) 871-2540.
The first step is to submit a completed application to the
Planning Office. The application must be accompanied by a map
(plot plan) of the property to be rezoned; a legal description; an
approved copy of the sign location plot plan (see Guidelines for
Rezoning Signs); and the application fee. The legal description
may be obtained at the Assessing Division. To facilitate the
rezoning request, the application must be submitted by 3:30 PM on
the 18th day of the month. If the 18th day of the month falls on a
weekend, the application must be submitted by 12:00 noon the
following workday. The applicant will be notified, by mail, of all
The time frame from Step 1 to Step 2 is a
maximum of four (4) weeks, if the application is submitted on
the 18th day of the month.
The Planning Commission at a Preliminary Hearing considers the
application. This hearing is generally held on the second Thursday
of the month. At this hearing, the applicant will have an
opportunity to present the rezoning request. At the Preliminary
Hearing, the Planning Commission schedules the rezoning request
for a Public Hearing. The Public Hearing is generally held on the
third Thursday of the following month. Notice of Public Hearing
will be sent by mail to all property owners within 300 feet of the
property under consideration for rezoning and will be published in
a newspaper of general circulation within the City. In addition,
the applicant will be required to install a sign indicating
“ZONING CHANGE PROPOSED” on the subject property fifteen (15) days
prior to the Public Hearing.
(NOTE: If the applicant wishes to withdraw the request on or
before the Preliminary Hearing, a portion of the fee will be
refunded. After the Preliminary Hearing, the entire fee will be
The time frame from Step 2 to Step 3 is
generally a maximum of five (5) weeks.
The Planning Commission considers the applicant’s proposal,
public representations and a review from City staff. After
reviewing all available information, the Planning Commission
submits a recommendation to the City Council to approve, modify or
deny the rezoning request.
The request is then scheduled for a Public Hearing before the
City Council. The City Council hearing is generally held on the
third Monday of the following month.
The time frame from Step 3 to Step 4 is generally a maximum
of six (6) weeks.
The City Council considers the applicant’s proposal, public
representations, Planning Commission recommendations, together
with City staff review. The City Council will approve, modify, or
deny the request. If approved or modified, the zoning request is
formally introduced and referred to the following City Council
meeting for enactment. If denied, no further action is taken.
The time frame from Step 4 to Step 5 is generally a maximum
of one (1) week.
At the regular City Council meeting, the zoning request may be
adopted. The rezoning legally takes effect twenty-one (21) days
after its adoption.
(NOTE: Adoption may not take place if the City Council receives
information that warrants further study.)
Should you have any questions not addressed here, please feel
free to contact the City's Planning Office staff for further
assistance at (248) 871-2540.