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State law gives Fayette County the authority to plan and control the use of private property through zoning. Zoning regulates where uses and development may locate.
Planning and Zoning are corresponding terms. Planning is a process that sets the growth pattern in the form of a Land Use Plan. Zoning is a system where different land uses are categorized into zones, each having its own set of standards and requirements. Zoning seeks to protect health, safety, and welfare of the general public, and is the mechanism that carries out the Land Use Plan.
Every piece of property in unincorporated Fayette County is zoned. The Fayette County Zoning Ordinance contains 17 residential zoning districts, and 6 nonresidential zoning districts.
Rezoning is the process by which a property owner requests to change the zoning and the use of their property. In Fayette County this process involves public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners.
The application for rezoning is made through the Zoning Department and involves submitting an application, survey, legal description of the property to be rezoned, a letter of intent, a Concept Plan which indicates proposed buildings, uses, parking, landscaping, and the application fee.
After the application is accepted it is sent to various county departments and agencies for their comments. The Zoning Administrator prepares a staff report and makes a recommendation based on these comments and county policies.
The request is then brought before the Fayette County Planning Commission in a public hearing. Based on information provided by the applicant, input from the public, and the recommendation of the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission makes a recommendation.
The request is then brought before the Fayette County Board of Commissioners who either approve or deny the request for rezoning. This decision is based on information provided by the applicant, public input, and the recommendations of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Administrator.
By Ordinance, each rezoning request is evaluated by the following standards:
Depending on the outcome of the request and the specific zoning and use of the property, further county regulations come into effect (such as subdivision plats, site plan approval for nonresidential uses, and various development permits). The rezoning process is only one of the many applications relating to development regulation at the Fayette County Zoning Department.
Planning is a process of setting the future growth pattern, usually in the form of a land use plan. The land use plan is a result of comprehensive studies of the area to determine growth projections and anticipate public need. The Planning Department's challenge is to plan for future growth by providing a plan or vision for preserving the rural characteristics of the county that drew people here originally, while meeting the demands and development pressures of a county that is part of a growing metropolitan area.
The Planning Department generates and periodically updates the following two (2) long-range plans which provide a framework for future development in Fayette County:
Zoning is the primary means of trying to ensure that land uses are compatible with each other. Zoning is a system by which the different land use classifications of the Land Use Plan are categorized into zones. Each of these zones has its own set of standards and requirements. As a police power, zoning is the mechanism by which the land use plan can be carried out.