Fountain Hills approves citizen participation zoning ordinance amendment

By Bob Burns | Fountain Hills Times

The Town Council voted on Sept. 7 to approve a Zoning Ordinance amendment that would require developers to implement a “citizen participation” process when requesting a zoning amendment or special use permit.

Earlier this summer the proposal received the unanimous endorsement of the Planning and Zoning Commission along with apparent significant popular support among the public.

The council approval came without comment during the session.

The ordinance does not require staff participation but indicates it is an option for someone to be present. Also, either the developer or the public interests may request staff be present.

Currently, the ordinance for notification requires people living within 300 feet of property where the zoning action is being requested be notified by mail of the proposed plans. The property is also posted, and a public notice published in the newspaper. This ordinance amendment would not change that.

“These surrounding property owners have a stake in the existing neighborhood and will be the most impacted by the proposed changes in development,” Development Services Director John Wesley wrote in a staff report on the issue.

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