Overview Article XV, Amendments of the Snellville Zoning Ordinance allows property owners to apply for a change in the zoning district classification of their property. These rezonings are changes, or amendments, to the zoning classification of a parcel of land according to the City of Snellville Official Zoning Map. Unless initiated by the Mayor and Council or Planning Commission, an application to amend the City of Snellville Official Zoning Map must be submitted by the owner(s) of the affected property(ies) or by an authorized agent of the owner. If the proposed rezoning would permit a use that is NOT consistent with the land use category of the subject property as shown on the City of Snellville Future Land Use Map, the applicant must also file a separate application to amend the Land Use Plan. An application to amend the Land Use Plan may be made concurrently with an application to amend the Official Zoning Map. Submittal Deadline: Noon, 42-Days prior to Planning Commission meeting date. This is the last day to submit, earlier submittals are encouraged to ensure application acceptance. Please consider the 2016/2017 Public Hearing Calendar for application submittal deadlines and public hearing meeting dates for the Planning Commission and the Mayor and Council. Application Procedures Once an application is filed, the Planning Department reviews the application (plural, if required to also submit a Land Use Plan Amendment application) for completeness and prepares a Staff Analysis including a recommendation for approval, approval with conditions, or denial of the application. Together with the application submittal, the Staff Analysis is provided to members of the Planning Commission and Mayor and City Council, and placed on the City's website for public view. The Planning Commission then holds a public hearing to review and consider the application, consider public comments, before making a recommendation to the Mayor and Council for approval, approval with conditions, or denial of the application. Finally, a Public Hearing is held by the Mayor and City Council for final action (approval, approval with conditions or denial) of the application. Legal Ad in Gwinnett Daily Post The Planning Department is responsible for placement of a legal ad for publication at least 15-days prior to the Planning Commission public hearing date and again 15-days prior to the Mayor and Council public hearing date. Adjoining Property Owner(s) Notifications The Planning Department is responsible for notifying ALL adjoining property owners (and subject property owner(s) if owner/agent is not the applicant) of the parcel(s) subject to the application, giving notice of the Planning Commission and Mayor and Council public hearing dates by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. These notices are mailed at least 15-days prior to the Planning Commission public hearing date to the property owner's mailing address on file with the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner's office. Public Notice Sign Requirements The Planning Department is also responsible for placing Public Notice Signs on each parcel subject to the application. These signs must be erected a minimum of 15-days prior to the Planning Commission public hearing date, and placed on each subject parcel having public road frontage. Public Hearing and Meeting Location and Time Planning Commission meetings and Mayor and Council public hearings are held at 7:30 p.m. at Snellville City Hall Council Chambers, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, unless alternative meeting times or places are necessary. The Planning Commission holds monthly regular meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The Mayor and Council holds monthly regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Application Withdrawal The applicant may withdraw an application without prejudice until such time as the legal notice for the Council public hearing is sent to the paper (no less that 21 days before the hearing date). No application shall be allowed to be withdrawn less that 21 days before the Council public hearing unless the request for withdrawal is granted by Council at the public hearing. If an application is denied, no application affecting any portion of the same property shall be submitted less than twelve (12) months from the date of denial.