Zoning is the establishment of districts, or zones, within the city limits. The purpose of zoning is to regulate the use of property to protect neighbors from incompatible land uses, ensure efficient distribution of uses throughout the city, and institute development standards for safety and aesthetic reasons. Zoning districts, such as Industrial or Office or Residential Single-Family, are identified on the Official Zoning Map.
On occasion, changing conditions in a specific area or an individual property may necessitate an amendment to the Zoning Map, called a Rezoning. A Rezoning can be a boundary extension of an existing zoning district or a change from one district to another. All Rezonings must be compatible with the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
When is a Rezoning Required?
A Rezoning is required for the following reasons:
- To allow land uses and/or development standards for a proposed development
- To allow for a unique idea that does not fit the base standards of the zoning code
What types of Rezonings are there?
There are four types rezoning applications that can be made, as listed below:
- Zoning Map Amendment – amending the zoning district classification of a property
- Planned Unit Development (PUD) – creating a special overlay district for a property in order to create a master-planned development
- Mixed-Use District – creating a special district with a unique land plan per the City’s mixed use development code
- Historic District Designation – designating an area a historic district
What do I need for an Application?
Prior to making an application, a Pre-Application Conference is required. Please see the front desk or call 930-3575 to set up an appointment. Other requirements for an application include:
- Fee: udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
- Master Application
- Any other information required by the particular Rezoning Checklist*
*See the Development Manual for detailed information required by the checklist and development fee schedule – online at udc.georgetown.org/development-manual
What is the Approval Process?
- Timeline: 90 – 120 days (approximate) from the Application Deadline
- Approval Authority: City Council
- There are two public hearings, one at Planning and Zoning and one at City Council. However, Historic District Designations require one additional public hearing, at HARC. The City Council requires two readings of an Ordinance adopting any rezoning.