Whenever the public necessity, convenience, general welfare or good zoning practice require, the City
Council may, by Ordinance, change the district boundaries or amend, change or supplement the
regulations established by the Zoning Ordinance.
A change or amendment may be initiated by the City Council, the Plan Commission, or by a Petition of
one or more of the owners, lessees, or authorized agents of the property within the area proposed to be
1. File the Petition with the City Clerk. Filed on .
2. Class 2 Notices published in Official Newspaper on & _ .
3. Notices of Public Hearing mailed to property owners on .
4. Plan Commission holds PUBLIC HEARING on .
They will hear comments of the Petitioner and comments of property owners. Comments may be
made either in person or in writing.
5. At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Plan Commission makes a decision on the
recommendation they will make to the City Council.
6. City Council consideration of the Plan Commission’s recommendation and final decision on
adoption of the ordinance making the change.
7. The Ordinance is effective upon passage and publication as provided by law.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING APPLICATION. If there is more than one applicant
for an area to be rezoned, add additional pages with the signatures of the owners, indicate their
address and the date of signature.
Refer to Chapter 19.69 of the City of Whitewater Code of Ordinances, entitled CHANGES AND
AMENDMENTS, for more information on application and protests of changes.
City of Whitewater
Application for Amendment to Zoning District or Ordinance
Applicants Name:
Applicants Address:
Phone #
Owner of Site, according to current property tax records (as of the date of the application):
Street address of Property:
Legal Description (Name of Subdivision, Block and Lot or other Legal Description):
Agent or Representative assisting in the Application (Engineer, Architect, Attorney, etc.)
Name of Individual:
Name of Firm:
Office Address:
Name of Contractor:
Has either the applicant or the owner had any variances issued to them on any property? YES NO
If YES, please indicate the type of variance issued and indicate whether conditions have been complied with:
Current Zoning District or Ordinance to be Amended:
Proposed Zoning District or Ordinance
Zoning District in which Property is located:
Section of City Zoning Ordinance that identifies the proposed land use in the Zoning District in which the property is
Applications for permits shall be accompanied by drawings of the proposed work, drawn to scale, showing,
when necessary, floor plans, sections, elevations, structural details. Computations and stress diagrams as the
building official may require.
When required by the building official, there shall be submitted a plot plan in a form and size designated by the
building official for filing permanently with the permit record, drawn to scale, with all dimension figures,
showing accurately the size and exact location of all proposed new construction and the relation to other
existing or proposed buildings or structures on the same lot, and other buildings or structures on adjoining
property within 15 feet of the property lines. In the case of demolition, the plot plan shall show the buildings or
structures to be demolished and the buildings or structures on the same lot that are to remain.
A. The proposed amendment for
future structure, addition,
alteration or use will meet
the minimum standards of
this title for the district being
B. The Proposed development
will be consistent with the
adopted city master plan;
C. The proposed development
will be compatible with and
preserve the important
natural features of the site;
D. The proposed use will not
create a nuisance for
neighboring uses, or unduly
reduce the values of an
adjoining property;
E. The proposed development
will not create traffic
circulation or parking
F. The mass, volume,
architectural features,
materials and/or setback of
proposed structures,
additions or alterations will
appear to be compatible with
existing buildings in the
immediate area;
G. Landmark structures on the
National Register of Historic
Places will be recognized as
products of their own time.
Alterations which have no
historical basis will not be
H. The proposed structure,
addition or alteration will
not substantially reduce the
availability of sunlight or
solar access on adjoining
The city of Whitewater Zoning Ordinance authorizes the Plan Commission to hold a public hearing
and make recommendation to the City Council for the proposed changes (Section 19.69).
Applicant’s Signature Date
Fee for Amendment to Zoning or Ordinance: $200
Date Application Fee Received by City
Receipt No.
Received by
Date notice sent to owners of record of opposite & abutting properties:
Date set for public review before Plan & Architectural Review Board:
Public Hearing:
Not Recommended by Plan & Architectural Review
Signature of Plan Commission Chairman Date
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Tips for Minimizing Your
Development Review Costs:
A Guide for Applicants
The City of Whitewater assigns its consultant costs associated with reviewing development proposals to the
applicant requesting development approval. These costs can vary based on a number of factors. Many of these
factors can at least be partially controlled by the applicant for development review. The City recognizes that
we are in a time when the need to control costs is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The following guide is
intended to assist applicants for City development approvals understand what they can do to manage and
minimize the costs associated with review of their applications. The tips included in this guide will almost
always result in a less costly and quicker review of an application.
Meet with Neighborhoods Services Department before submitting an
If you are planning on submitting an application for development review, one of the first things you should do is
have a discussion with the City’s Neighborhood Services Department. This can be accomplished either by
dropping by the Neighborhood Services Department counter at City Hall, or by making an appointment with the
Neighborhood Services Director. Before you make significant investments in your project, the Department can
help you understand the feasibility of your proposal, what City plans and ordinances will apply, what type of
review process will be required, and how to prepare a complete application.
Submit a complete and thorough application
One of the most important things you can do to make your review process less costly to you is to submit a
complete, thorough, and well-organized application in accordance with City ordinance requirements. The City
has checklists to help you make sure your application is complete. To help you prepare an application that has
the right level of detail and information, assume that the people reviewing the application have never seen
your property before, have no prior understanding of what you are proposing, and don’t necessarily
understand the reasons for your request.
For more complex or technical types of projects, strongly consider working
with an experienced professional to help prepare your plans
Experienced professional engineers, land planners, architects, surveyors and landscape architects should be
quite familiar with standard development review processes and expectations. They are also generally capable
of preparing high-quality plans that will ultimately require less time (i.e., less cost for you) for the City’s
planning and engineering consultants to review, saving you money in the long run. Any project that includes
significant site grading, stormwater management, or utility work; significant landscaping; or significant building
remodeling or expansion generally requires professionals in the associated fields to help out.
For simpler projects, submit thorough, legible, and accurate plans
For less complicated proposals, it is certainly acceptable to prepare plans yourself rather than paying to have
them prepared by a professional. However, keep in mind that even though the project may be less complex,
the City’s staff and planning consultant still need to ensure that your proposal meets all City requirements.
Therefore, such plans must be prepared with care. Regardless of the complexity, all site, building, and floor
plans should:
1. Be drawn to a recognized scale and indicate what the scale is (e.g., 1 inch = 40 feet).
2. Include titles and dates on all submitted documents in case pieces of your application get
3. Include clear and legible labels that identify streets, existing and proposed buildings,
parking areas, and other site improvements.
4. Indicate what the property and improvements look like today versus what is being
proposed for the future.
5. Accurately represent and label the dimensions of all lot lines, setbacks, pavement/parking
areas, building heights, and any other pertinent project features.
6. Indicate the colors and materials of all existing and proposed site/building improvements.
Including color photos with your application is one inexpensive and accurate way to show
the current condition of the site. Color catalog pages or paint chips can be included to
show the appearance of proposed signs, light fixtures, fences, retaining walls, landscaping
features, building materials, or other similar improvements.
Submit your application well in advance of the Plan and Architectural Review
Commission meeting
The City normally requires that a complete application be submitted four weeks in advance of the Commission
meeting when it will be considered. For simple submittals not requiring a public hearing, this may be reduced
to two weeks in advance. The further in advance you can submit your application, the better for you and
everyone involved in reviewing the project. Additional review time may give the City’s planning consultant and
staff an opportunity to communicate with you about potential issues with your project or application and allow
you time to efficiently address those issues before the Plan and Architectural Review Commission meeting. Be
sure to provide reliable contact information on your application form and be available to respond to such
questions or requests in a timely manner.
For more complex projects, submit your project for conceptual review
A conceptual review can be accomplished in several ways depending on the nature of your project and your
desired outcomes.
1. Preliminary plans may be submitted to City staff and the planning consultant for a quick,
informal review. This will allow you to gauge initial reactions to your proposal and help you
identify key issues;
2. You may request a sit-down meeting with the Neighborhood Services Director and/or
Planning consultant to review and more thoroughly discuss your proposal; and/or
3. You can ask to be placed on a Plan and Architectural Review Commission meeting
agenda to present and discuss preliminary plans with the Commission and gauge its
reaction before formally submitting your development review application.
Overall, conceptual reviews almost always save time, money, stress, and frustration in the long run for
everyone involved. For this reason, the City will absorb up to $200 in consultant review costs for conceptual
review of each project.
Hold a neighborhood meeting for larger and potentially more controversial
If you believe your project falls into one or both of these two categories (City staff can help you decide), one
way to help the formal development review process go more smoothly is to host a meeting for the neighbors
and any other interested members of the community. This would happen before any Plan and Architectural
Review Commission meeting and often before you even submit a formal development review application.
A neighborhood meeting will give you an opportunity to describe your proposal, respond to questions and
concerns, and generally address issues in an environment that is less formal and potentially less emotional than
a Plan and Architectural Review Commission meeting. Neighborhood meetings can help you build support for
your project, understand others’ perspectives on your proposals, clarify misunderstandings, and modify the
project and alleviate public concerns before the Plan and Architectural Review Commission meetings. Please
notify the City Neighborhood Services Director of your neighborhood meeting date, time, and place; make sure
all neighbors are fully aware (City staff can provide you a mailing list at no charge); and document the outcomes
of the meeting to include with your application.
Typical City Planning Consultant
Development Review Costs
The City often utilizes assistance from a planning consultant to analyze requests for land
development approvals against City plans and ordinances and assist the Citys Plan and Architectural Review
Commission and City Council on decision making. Because it is the applicant who is generating the need for the
service, the Citys policy is to assign most consultant costs associated with such review to the applicant, as
opposed to asking general taxpayer to cover these costs.
The development review costs provided below represent the planning consultants range of costs associated
with each particular type of development review. This usually involves some initial analysis of the application
well before the public meeting date, communication with the applicant at that time if there are key issues to
resolve before the meeting, further analysis and preparation of a written report the week before the meeting,
meeting attendance, and sometimes minor follow-up after the meeting. Costs vary depending on a wide range
of factors, including the type of application, completeness and clarity of the development application, the size
and complexity of the proposed development, the degree of cooperation from the applicant for further
information, and the level of community interest. The City has a guide called Tips for Minimizing Your
Development Review Costs” with information on how the applicant can help control costs.
Type of Development Review Being Requested
Planning Consultant
Minor Site/Building Plan (e.g., minor addition to building, parking lot
expansion, small apartment, downtown building
When land use is a permitted use in the zoning district, and for minor
downtown building alterations
Up to $600
When use also requires a conditional use permit, and for major
downtown building alterations
$700 to $1,500
Major Site/Building Plan (e.g., new gas station/convenience store, new
restaurant, supermarket, larger apartments, industrial
When land use is a permitted use in the zoning district
$700 to $2,000
When land use also requires a conditional use permit
$1,600 to $12,000
Conditional Use Permit with no Site Plan Review (e.g., home
occupation, sale of liquor request, substitution of use in
existing building)
$up to $600
andard (not PCD) zoning district
$400 to $2,000
nned Community Development zoning district, assuming complete GDP
& SIP application submitted at same time
$2,100 to $12,000
Land Division
d Survey Map
Up to $300
nary Subdivision Plat
$1,500 to $3,000
lat (does not include any development agreement time)
$500 to $1,500
$200 to $400
Note on Potential Additional Review Costs: The City also retains a separate engineering consultant,
who is typically involved in larger projects requiring stormwater management plans, major utility work,
or complex parking or road access plans. Engineering costs are not included above, but will also be
assigned to the development review applicant. The consultant planner and engineer closely coordinate
their reviews to control costs.
Cost Recovery Certificate
and Agreement
The City may retain the services of professional consultants (including planners, engineers, architects, attorneys,
environmental specialists, and recreation specialists) to assist in the City’s review of an application for
development review coming before the Plan and Architectural Review Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals,
and/or Common Council. In fact, most applications require some level of review by the Citys planning
consultant. City of Whitewater staff shall retain sole discretion in determining when and to what extent it is
necessary to involve a professional consultant in the review of an application.
The submittal of an application or petition for development review by an applicant shall be construed as an
agreement to pay for such professional review services associated with the application or petition. The City
may apply the charges for these services to the applicant and/or property owner in accordance with this
agreement. The City may delay acceptance of an application or petition (considering it incomplete), or may
delay final action or approval of the associated proposal, until the applicant pays such fees or the specified
percentage thereof. Development review fees that are assigned to the applicant, but that are not actually paid,
may then be imposed by the City as a special charge on the affected property.
Section A: Background
------------------------ To be filled out by the Applicant/Property Owner ------------------------
Applicant’s Information:
Name of Applicant:
Applicant’s Mailing Address:
Applicant’s Phone Number:
Applicant’s Email Address:
Project Information:
Name/Description of Development:
Address of Development Site:
Tax Key Number(s) of Site:
Property Owner Information (if different from applicant):
Name of Property Owner:
Property Owner’s Mailing Address:
Date of Signature
Date of Signature
Section B: Applicant/Property Owner Cost
------------------------ To be filled out by the City’s Neighborhood Services Director ------------------------
Under this agreement, the applicant shall be responsible for the costs indicated below. In the event the
applicant fails to pay such costs, the responsibility shall pass to the property owner, if different.
Costs may exceed those agreed to herein only by mutual agreement of the applicant, property
owner, and City. If and when the City believes that actual costs incurred will exceed those listed
below, for reasons not anticipated at the time of application or under the control of the City
administration or consultants, the Neighborhood Services Director or his agent shall notify the
applicant and property owner for their approval to exceed such initially agreed costs. If the
applicant and property owner do not approve such additional costs, the City may, as permitted
by law, consider the application withdrawn and/or suspend or terminate further review and
consideration of the development application. In such case, the applicant and property owner
shall be responsible for all consultant costs incurred up until that time.
A. Application Fee.................................................................................................................$
B. Expected Planning Consultant Review Cost ....................................................................$
C. Total Cost Expected of Applicant (A+B) .........................................................................$
D. 25% of Total Cost, Due at Time of Application...............................................................$
E. Project Likely to Incur Additional Engineering or Other Consultant Review Costs? < Yes < No
The balance of the applicant’s costs, not due at time of application, shall be payable upon applicant receipt of
one or more itemized invoices from the City. If the application fee plus actual planning and
consultant review costs end up being less than the 25% charged to the applicant at the time of application,
the City shall refund the difference to the applicant.
Section C: Agreement
------------------------ To be filled out by the Applicant and Property Owner ------------------------
The undersigned applicant and property owner agree to reimburse the City for all costs directly or indirectly
associated with the consideration of the applicant’s proposal as indicated in this agreement,
with 25% of such costs payable at the time of application and the remainder of such costs
payable upon receipt of one or more invoices from the City following the execution of
development review services associated with the application.
Signature of Applicant/Petitioner Signature of Property Owner (if different)
Printed Name of Applicant/Petitioner Printed Name of Property Owner (if different)