- Setback Modifications
- Home Occupations
- Pre-Application Meeting
- Conditional Use Permits
- Lot Line Adjustments/Parcel Splits
- Temporary Uses
- Wireless Communication Facilities
- Easement Abandonment
- Riparian Habitat Applications
- General Plan Amendments
The Zoning Code specifies distances that structures must be located from property lines and from other structures. These distances are called setbacks. If you have a circumstance that requires you to build into the required setback, a Setback Modification may allow you to do so. Neighbor signatures are typically required.
Staff recommends that you discuss your proposed setback modification with us prior to applying. You will be provided with a list of neighbors that you will be required to notify.
A Home Occupation is a home-based business. Home Occupations are reviewed as part of a Business License application. Application is made directly to the Clerk's office, which will route the information to Planning & Zoning for review.
Conditional Use Permits
The Zoning Code provides a list of permitted and conditional uses that are allowed for each zoning district. Conditional uses are uses that may be compatible with the zone but which require additional review to minimize any potential negative impacts on the neighborhood.
Standards and procedures for Conditional Use Permits are found in STC 18.97.
Prior to submittal, you are required to schedule a Pre-Application Development Review Committee meeting to discuss your project.
|Requirements||Type 1 CUP||Type 2 CUP||Type 3 CUP|
|Pre-application meeting with staff||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Preliminary Development Plan||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public Hearing - Planning Commission||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public Hearing - Town Council||No||No||Yes|
Lot Line Adjustments/Parcel Splits
Lot line adjustments and parcel splits are administrative actions, meaning that they do not require review or approval by a public body such as the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Town Council.
Lot Line Adjustments
A lot line adjustment shifts a lot line without creating any new lots. Legal descriptions for the new lot configurations will be required. Once deemed acceptable, staff will send the legal descriptions for the new lots to the Pima County Recorder for recording.
A parcel split divides a lot into multiple lots. State law specifies how many lot splits may occur before a subdivision plat is required. If you are creating a new street, a subdivision is required regardless of the number of lots being created. Also, if a property is already part of a subdivision plat, only one lot split may occur before a re-plat is required.
Parcel splits are reviewed by Town staff. Once deemed acceptable, staff will send the legal descriptions for the new lots to the Pima County Recorder for recording.
Wireless Communication Facilities
Eligible Wireless Facility Modification Application (PDF) (Section 6409a)
In the event that a utility easement must be abandoned, route the application form below to the affected utility companies for signature. A letter of consent from the utility company may substitute for a signature on the form.
If the easement to be abandoned includes Town of Sahuarita Wastewater, please contact Public Works to discuss the abandonment. A signature is not required because Planning and Zoning will obtain their approval as part of the Town approval of the application.
The applicant is responsible to collect all required signatures and submit the completed form, along with fees and support documentation, to Planning and Zoning for review. The Town will have the maps and legal descriptions recorded.
Sahuarita's Riparian Habitat Protection and Mitigation Requirements are found in STC 18.65.
Use the Development Review application to apply for a riparian habitat map change or a mitigation plan.
The process for General Plan Amendments is found in STC 18.89.
Major General Plan Amendments
Aspire 2035: Sahuarita's General Plan defines the criteria for a major plan amendment to be:
- A land use change from a residential to a non-residential designation, and vice verse; or
- Any change involving over 40 acres or land; or
- A change from one residential designation to another resulting in an increase or decrease in density of more than 30%.
Major plan amendment procedure
- Applications for major plan amendments are accepted between January 1st and April 30th of each year and must all be heard together during the same calendar year.
- Staff must host a public neighborhood meeting prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission study session. The study session is optional at the discretion of the Planning Director.
- Two public hearings in two separate locations must be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission
- Major amendments require a 2/3 majority vote of the Town Council.
Minor General Plan Amendments
Plan amendments that do not meet the criteria for a major plan amendment may follow the procedure for a minor plan amendment.
Minor plan amendment procedure
- Minor plan amendment applications may be filed at any time during the year.
- The applicant must hold a public neighborhood meeting prior to application.
- The Planning and Zoning Commission must hold a public hearing. The Commission's recommendation will be forwarded to the Town Council.
- The Town Council will hold a public hearing and make a decision by simple majority.