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Zoning and Rezoning
What is Land Use?
In the fall of 1988, the Titusville City Council adopted the community's Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) which includes the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). This was completed in accordance with the Florida Growth Management Act's requirements. The Act also required the City to develop a new set of Land Development Regulations (LDR’s) in furtherance of the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Comp Plan. These new LDR’s created new zoning categories and, through a process known as Administrative Rezonings, these new zoning districts were placed on the official map (effective February 2,1993) in harmony with the FLUM and Comp Plan.
What is Zoning?
Zoning is a legal tool used by local governments to implement the Comprehensive Plan by separating land uses into distinct geographical areas consistent with the Future Land Use Map. This separation is designed to ensure that the growth and development of a community progresses in a fashion that minimizes potential conflicts between uses (e.g. industrial and residential) while maximizing the efficiency of public investments in streets, sewers, and water supply.
Permitted, Prohibited & Conditional Uses
Within each zoning district, a number of uses are permitted by right. This means that those listed uses are allowed to develop and expand within their respective district without any special conditions or approvals. A development for a permitted use is required to submit building and site plans for tree preservation, setbacks, signage, stormwater retention and building code review.
Each zoning district also has a section which defines which uses are not allowed. A variance ( which is a legal waiver from the standards of the LDR’s) cannot be granted to allow a use which is prohibited within a district. If your intended use is prohibited at your proposed location, you must seek and be granted rezoning to a compatible district before a building permit and/or an Occupational License can be issued.
Also within each zoning district is a list of conditional uses. These are legally permitted uses within the respective districts which require additional public review. They may have additional conditions imposed and must obtain approval prior to starting the development process and/or the issuance of an Occupational License.