Chapter 17.48
USE PERMITS*

Sections:

17.48.010    Generally.

17.48.020    Application and fees.

17.48.030    Public hearing.

17.48.040    Action by appropriate authority.

17.48.050    Appeal.

17.48.060    Revocation.

17.48.070    Effect.

*    Prior ordinance history: Ords. 77-10 and 82-14.

17.48.010 Generally.

A.    Use permits, revocable, conditional, or valid for a term period may be issued for any of the uses or purposes for which such permits are required or permitted by the terms of this title.

B.    The planning commission shall have the power to hear and decide applications for, and issue use permits, for all uses for which a use permit is required or permitted.

C.    As used in this chapter, the words “appropriate authority” means the planning commission when the application for a use permit is one which is within its power to issue. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.020 Application and fees.

A.    Application for a use permit shall be made to the appropriate authority in writing on a form prescribed by it, and shall be accompanied by statement, plans and elevations necessary to show the detail of the proposed use or building.

B.    Such application shall be accompanied by a fee to be established by resolution of the city council from time to time hereinafter enacted, no part of which shall be returnable to the applicant. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.030 Public hearing.

A public hearing shall be held after filing of application, and after the determination of the planning commission that the information submitted by the applicant is sufficient to consider the matter, and not less than ten calendar days prior thereto the appropriate authority shall give notice of hearing thereon by one publication in a newspaper of general circulation. In addition, the appropriate authority may also give notice of such hearing by mailing postage prepaid notice of the time and place of such hearing to all persons owning property adjacent to the exterior boundaries of the area actually occupied or to be occupied by the use for which the use permit was applied. Addresses shall be used from the last equalized assessment roll, or alternatively, from such other records of the assessor or the tax collector as contain more recent addresses in the opinion of the appropriate authority. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.040 Action by appropriate authority.

A.    In order to grant any use permit, the findings of the appropriate authority shall be that the establishment, maintenance or operation of the use or building applied for will not under the circumstances of the particular case, be detrimental to health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, and general welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed use or be detrimental or injurious to property and improvements in the neighborhood or to the general welfare of the city; and in the Coastal Zone the use is consistent with all applicable local coastal land use plan recommendations and requirements.

B.    The appropriate authority may designate such conditions in connection with the use permit as it deems necessary to secure the purposes of this title. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to, architectural and site approval, time limitations, street dedication, and street and drainage improvements. The appropriate authority may also require such bonds and guarantees as it deems appropriate to assure the compliance of the conditions. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.050 Appeal.

A.    An appeal to the city council may be filed by any person aggrieved by a decision of the appropriate authority. Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be filed with the city clerk within ten days after written notice of the decision has been mailed to the applicant. At the time of the filing of the appeal, the appellant shall pay a filing fee to be established by resolution of the city council from time to time hereinafter enacted. An appeal shall set forth specifically the points at issue, the reasons for the appeal, and wherein the appellant believes there was an error or abuse of discretion by the appropriate authority.

B.    Upon receipt of the notice of appeal, the city council shall set a date for public hearing thereon, giving notice thereof pursuant to Section 17.48.030. The city council may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, make such order, requirements, decision, or determination as should be made, and such action shall be final. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.060 Revocation.

A.    Where one or more of the conditions of the granting of a use permit have not been, or are not being complied with, or when a use permit was granted on the basis of false material information, written or oral, given wilfully or negligently by the applicant, the appropriate authority may revoke or modify such use permit following a hearing thereon. Notice of such hearing shall be given in writing to the permittee at least ten days prior to said hearing. Notice of such hearing shall be given as described in Section 17.48.030. Following the hearing, the appropriate authority may revoke or modify the use permit.

B.    An appeal may be taken from such revocation or modification in the same manner as described in Section 17.48.050.

C.    All use permits issued by the appropriate authority shall be valid until the date of expiration stated on the permit, or if no date of expiration is stated, or unless otherwise specified by the appropriate authority, all such permits shall expire one year from the date of granting said permit unless construction on, or use of the subject property has started within this period. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.48.070 Effect.

No building permit shall be issued, nor any use conducted, otherwise than in accordance with the conditions and terms of the use permit granted, nor until ten days after the mailing of notice of granting of such use permit by the appropriate authority, or, after granting of such use permit by the city council, in the event of appeal. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)