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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
20.34 Enforcement
20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
Effective Date
Table of Ordinances
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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.608.010 Procedures for amending master plan text
20.608.020 Procedures for amending master plan map
20.608.030 Decision on master plan text or map amendment by planning commission and referral to board
20.608.040 Findings for master plan amendments
20.608.050 Initial decision on amendment to master plan by board

20.608.010 Procedures for amending master plan text
The text of the adopted master plan, including element changes, may be amended at any time.  Amendments to the master plan text may be initiated by the director, the planning commission, the board or by application of a resident, property owner or owner of a business located in the county.  Proposed text amendments by property owners or business owners shall be reviewed and processed by the community development department.  The planning commission shall hear the request within 120 days of the filing date, exclusive of any continuances.  A public hearing will be scheduled before the board within 60 days of the planning commission action.  Reapplication of a master plan text amendment following denial by the board must comply with Section 20.28.  (Ord. 1490, 2017; Ord. 1294, 2009; Ord. 1001, 2002; Ord. 838, 1998; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 395, 1982; Ord. 314, 1979)
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20.608.020 Procedures for amending master plan map
The director, planning commission, the board, or a property owner, resident or the owner of a business located in Douglas County may initiate a request for amendment of the master plan map. The community development department shall be responsible for reviewing and processing of master plan map amendments. Applications for master plan map amendments may be submitted to the department up to twice each calendar year in December and June for consideration as part of the bi-annual master plan amendment review cycles.  Specific submittal dates will be determined by the director.  The planning commission shall hear the request within 120 days of the filing date, exclusive of any continuances.  A public hearing will be scheduled before the board within 60 days of the planning commission action.  Only the board may initiate an amendment of the master plan for a parcel within 12 months after an amendment on that parcel has been denied.  (Ord. 1490, 2017; Ord. 1294, 2009; Ord, 1001, 2002; Ord. 838, 1998; Ord.763, 1996; Ord. 395, 1982; Ord. 314, 1979)
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20.608.030 Decision on master plan text or map amendment by planning commission and referral to board
    A.  Prior to adoption of any master plan amendment, the planning commission shall hold a public hearing in accordance with the procedures in chapter 20.20, after receiving the report of the director. The department shall cause notice of the hearing to be published in the manner provided in chapter 20.20. For amendments to the master plan map or text amendments seeking a change to minimum parcel size policy provisions, personal notice also shall be given in the manner provided in section 20.20.030. A master plan application may be continued by the commission pursuant to 20.24.050. The commission may approve a master plan amendment only upon the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the total membership of the commission. Following a two-thirds vote in favor of an amendment, the commission shall adopt the amendment by resolution expressly referencing the decision and signed by the chairman and secretary of the commission. Following denial of an amendment, the commission shall forward to the board a report expressly referencing the decision and the findings of the commission. 
    B.  An attested copy of the amendment shall be filed with the county clerk within 30 working days of its adoption. (Ord. 1001, 2002; Ord. 838, 1998; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 395, 1982; Ord. 314, 1979)
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20.608.040 Findings for master plan amendments
The planning commission and the board shall, in approving an amendment to the master plan land use map or text, make the following findings:     
    A.  The proposed amendment is consistent with the policies embodied in the adopted master plan and the applicant has demonstrated the amendment promotes the overall goals and objectives of the mater plan and has demonstrated a change in circumstances since the adoption of the plan that makes it appropriate to reconsider one or more of the goals and objectives of land use designations. 
    B.  The proposed amendment is based on a demonstrated need for additional land to be used for the proposed use, and that the demand cannot be reasonably accommodated within the current boundaries of the area. 
    C.  The proposed amendment would not materially affect the availability, adequacy, or level of service of any public improvement serving people outside of the applicant’s property and will not be inconsistent with the adequate public facilities policies contained in chapter 20.100 of this title; 
    D.  The proposed amendment is compatible with the actual and master planned use of the adjacent properties and reflects a logical change to the boundaries of the area in that it allows infrastructure to be extended in efficient increments and patterns, it creates a perceivable community edge as strong as the one it replaces, and it maintains relatively compact development patterns. (Ord. 1001, 2002; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.608.050 Initial decision on amendment to master plan by board
    A.  Following receipt of a certified copy of the resolution approving a master plan amendment or the report referencing the decision and findings of the planning commission, the board shall schedule a public hearing to decide whether to adopt the amendment. The public hearing shall be conducted in accordance with chapter 20.24. The community development department shall cause notice of the hearing to be published in the manner provided in chapter 20.20. For amendments to the master plan map or text amendments seeking a change to minimum parcel size policy provisions, personal notice also shall be given in the manner provided in section 20.20.030. A master plan application may be continued by the board pursuant to section 20.24.050. 
    B.  At the hearing the board shall take action to approve, approve as modified, or deny the proposed amendment.     
    C.  If the board’s approval proposes to change the amendment, as adopted by the planning commission, it shall refer the proposed changes to the commission for its report and recommendation. The commission shall review the proposed changes at a regularly scheduled meeting and file an attested copy of its report and recommendation with the county clerk within 40 days after referral from the board. Failure to so file the report and recommendation within the period shall be deemed to be approval of the proposed changes to the amendment. 
    D.  The text of the master plan shall be amended to reflect the board’s decision and, where applicable, the decision of the board shall be reflected on the master plan map. (Ord. 1001, 2002; Ord. 931, 2000; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 395, 1982; Ord. 314, 1979)
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