Zone Change Process
The zone change process takes 3-6 months if there are no complications. Metro Ordinances include details on approved zone changes.
Step 1- Application
After reviewing the application checklist and Planning Commission Meeting Information, the applicant submits the appropriate application and fee to the Planning Department.
Step 2 - Staff Review
Planning staff reviews the application to ensure that it follows land use policy in the Community Plan and any additional development guidelines. Other Metro departments and utility districts review the application.
Step 3 – Public Notices
The applicant must post signs on the property stating the zone change and the date of the Planning Commission public hearing. The applicant must also mail notices to nearby property owners.
Step 4 - Recommendation to the Planning Commission
Planning staff posts a draft agenda the Friday before each Planning Commission meeting that includes the staff recommendation - approval, disapproval, or approval under certain conditions. The Staff Report details the staff recommendation.
Step 5 - Planning Commission recommendation to Metro Council
The Planning Commission considers the application at a scheduled regular meeting, which provides an opportunity for public comment at the public hearing. The Commission then makes a recommendation to the Metropolitan Council.
Step 6 - Metropolitan Council Action
The Metropolitan Council considers the application as a Bill through three "readings" before an approval can be made final.
- 1st reading - Introduction
- 2nd reading - Public Hearing
- 3rd reading - Action
The Council can override the Planning Commission's recommendation during this process.
Step 7 - Mayor signs the Bill
Finally, the Mayor approves or vetoes the application.