Citizen Review Process
The citizen review process is intended to:
- Ensure that the applicant(s) pursue early and effective citizen review in conjunction with their applications, giving them the opportunity to understand and try to mitigate any real or perceived impacts their application may have on the neighborhood or community
- Ensure that the citizens and property owners of Cochise County have an adequate opportunity to learn about applications that may affect them and to work with applicants to resolve concerns at an early stage of the process
- Facilitate ongoing communication between the applicant, interested citizens and property owners, County staff, and elected and appointed officials throughout the application review process..
Citizen Review Report
A Citizen Review Report must be submitted along with all rezoning to more intense classifications, special use, Comprehensive Plan map amendments, and master development plan applications. The report must include, at a minimum, the following:
- Applicant response to concerns raised by the public
- Copies of all information provided to the public
- Copies of notices sent to property owners
- Responses, concerns, and questions raised by the public during the notification process
- Sign-up sheets from public meetings (if applicable)
Note: meetings are only required if requested by staff. However, while meetings are not always requested, they are always recommended. Face-to-face contact can reduce misunderstandings.
Pre-Application Meeting with Planning Staff
Pre-application meetings provide applicants with specific information regarding planning requirements for projects in Cochise County that require public involvement. These meetings are the necessary first step for all applications that require citizen review. This includes rezoning to a more intense classification, special use applications, Master Development Plans, and Comprehensive Plan map amendments. Pre-application meetings are not required, but are recommended for preliminary plat submittals, variance requests, and rezonings to a less intense district. Pre-application meetings are complimentary and may be conducted remotely. Meetings should be requested at least four weeks prior to a planning application submittal. A planner will provide you a list of property owners, in mailing label form, that must be included in the notification range of your specific application following a pre-application meeting.
Mailed Notification Requirements
Mailed notification must be sent, by first-class mail, to the following:
- All applicable homeowners and community associations.
- All property owners located within a radius of no less than 300 feet of the subject parcel(s),
Notification must include the following:
- Description and location of the project with a drawing of the site and a written description of the project and how off-site impacts will be addressed.
- How verbal and written comments can be submitted.
- When and where any public meeting(s) are scheduled.