Citizen Review Process

Citizen Review Report

  • A Citizen Review Report must be submitted along with all rezoning or special use applications to include, at a minimum:
    • Copies of notices sent to property owners;
    • Copies of all information provided to the public;
    • Sign up sheets from public meetings;
    • Responses, concerns and questions raised by the public during the notification process;
    • Applicant response to concerns raised by the public.

(NOTE: meetings are required only if requested but are recommended even if not requested.  Face to face contact minimizes misunderstandings.)

  • Minimum required Citizen Notification:
    • All property owners located within the application site.
    • Category D Rural areas: all property owners who own property within 1500 feet of the subject property.
    • Category A, B, or C Growth areas: all property owners who own property within 1000 feet of the subject property.
    • All applicable homeowners’ and community associations.
  • Notification to include:
    • 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.

NOTE: A pre-application meeting with the Planning Department staff is required to go over the Citizen Review Report requirements.

             Pre Application with site standards

Why is Effective Citizen Review Important?

  • Effective Citizen Review gives the applicants the opportunity:
    • To explain their proposal early in the process helping to stem rumors and mis-information;
    • To try to mitigate any real or perceived impacts the proposal may have on the neighborhood or community.
  • Effective Citizen Review gives the neighbors and other concerned parties the opportunity:
    • To learn about applications that may affect them; and
    • To work with applicants to resolve concerns at an early stage of the process.
  • Effective Citizen Review promotes ongoing communication between the applicant, interested citizens and property owners, County staff, elected and appointed officials throughout the application review process.
  • The Citizen Review Process may not produce complete consensus on all applications, but it demonstrates the applicant’s desire to be good neighbors.

   Rezoning Property

   Obtaining a Special Use Permit  THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT CAN HELP OBTAIN THE PROPERTY OWNERS’ ADDRESSES FROM THE MOST RECENT TAX ASSESSOR RECORDS.

REMEMBER!

  • Effective Public Input can go a long way in addressing the concerns of nearby property owners.
  • A mis-informed or uninformed public can defeat a project.

Commission meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m., Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Bisbee, 1415 Melody Lane, Building G.

Submittal Deadline: 45 days before the Commission Meeting.

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