All property in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt
County are classified into various zoning districts consistent with the
County General Plan. Each zoning district outlines the land development
regulations applicable to the specific property. For instance, zoning
regulates land uses, population density, lot coverage, building size and
setback requirements. The overall objectives of zoning and planning
are to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to promote compatibility
between various land uses and developments consistent with the General
WHEN IS A ZONE CHANGE
Occasionally a property owner desires to conduct a land
use on the property which is not permitted in the existing zone district.
For instance, a person may want to open a retail store on property which
is zoned for
residential purposes. Because the use is not permitted
in the existing zone, the property owner may apply to change the zoning
to an appropriate zone which would allow the proposed use.
Please Note: The proposed zone must be consistent
with the land use designation applied by the General Plan, or a General
Plan Amendment may also be necessary.
II. HOW TO APPLY
Application materials are available at the Planning Division
(the address is located on the front page). The Assigned Planner
(the phone operator can identify this person for you) can assist you with
materials and calculate the fees necessary to begin the
permit process. Once the application is complete, and you are
ready to submit it, contact the Assigned Planner to view the application
packet (an appointment is advisable but not necessary).
| III. THE APPLICATION
Step 1. Application Assistance
An Application Assistance Program is available.
This program will put you in touch with a planner who will help you evaluate
the feasibility of the proposal, explain options and discuss the contents
of a complete application.
Step 2. Submittal
Submit all the application requirements which were listed
on the back page of the application form. The Assigned Planner
conducts a preliminary review of the application to check for major omissions
or problem areas. Once the application is accepted for filing, fees
are collected and the file is opened for processing.
Step 3. Referrals
The Assigned Planner will transmit copies of the application
packet to all interested public agencies, such as the County Public Works,
Health and Building Departments, and any other State and Federal agency
may want to comment on the project. Each agency
or department receiving a copy of the application packet, then has 15 days
to respond. If a notification is not received during the 15 day period,
staff may assume that the project conforms to the requirements of the department
or agency concerned.
Step 4. Review for Application
Within 30 days from submittal you will be sent
an Application Notice informing you whether your application is complete
or incomplete, and if incomplete, what items must be submitted before processing
Please Note: Staff will not continue
processing until all items noted in the Application Notice letter have
been submitted. Staff may request you to clarify or submit
additional information in response to questions arising out of the referral
Step 5. Environmental Review/Staff
Once the application is deemed complete, staff
will conduct an environmental review as mandated by State law. The
result of this review will be a determination of the type of environmental
document that must be prepared. Staff then attaches the environmental determination to a written report, which includes staff's recommendations
to the Humboldt County Planning Commission.
Please Note: Staff will recommend approval
of your project if all the legal findings can be made by the
|Step 6. Public Notice
A notice for a Public Hearing will be sent to all property
owners and residents within 300 feet of your
property. The notice will state the date, time and place for the
public hearing, as well as a description of the project and its location.
Step 7. Planning Commission Public
The Humboldt County Planning Commission reviews the proposed
reclassification, and all comments
from public agencies, receives comments from the public
at a public hearing, considers the environmental document (where applicable), and makes a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to approve or deny the requested amendment. If
the Planning Commission recommends denial, the Board need take no further action or hold a hearing unless any interested party
files a written request with the Clerk of the Board within five (5) calendar days of the Planning Commission's filing of the decision with the board.
decision is final unless
appealed within ten (10) working days of the Planning Commission's decision.
Step 8. Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing
The Board of Supervisors will conduct a second public
hearing to consider the proposed reclassification and the Planning Commission's
recommendation. The Board has the power to approve or deny your project.
The Board will take into account all comments from the relevant County
Departments, State and Federal agencies and the general public before making
their decision. Decisions by the Board of Supervisors are final (except
for projects located within the State Coastal Zone Boundaries).
IV. HOW TO GET
If you are having difficulties preparing your application,
call or visit the Planning Division to set up an Application Assistance
meeting to discuss your project with a staff planner. If you
are still confused over the application procedures or need help in
preparing your specific proposal, you may wish to hire a
consultant; such as an engineer, land surveyor, or professional
planner. A list of qualified professionals is available at the front
counter of the Planning Division.