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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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County Codes
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.610.010 Procedures for amending zoning regulations
20.610.020 Procedures for zoning text or map
20.610.030 Decision of the planning commission
20.610.040 Decision of the board on zoning amendments
20.610.050 Findings for zoning map amendments
20.610.060 Determination on unlisted uses
20.610.070 Application procedure
20.610.080 Investigation and report
20.610.090 Findings

20.610.010 Procedures for amending zoning regulations
Amendments to the text of the zoning regulations must be in the form of an ordinance and may be initiated by the community development department, the planning commission, the board or by request of a property owner, resident or owner of a business located in the county. Requests by the public must be submitted to the community development department. (Ord. 971, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 609, 1993; Ord. 274, 1977; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.610.020 Procedures for zoning text or map
For amendments to the text of the zoning regulations or zoning maps, the amendment must be referred to the planning commission by the community development department for a public hearing. The department must notice the hearing as provided in chapter 20.20. (Ord. 971, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 609, 1993; Ord. 274, 1977; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.610.030 Decision of the planning commission
The planning commission must consider the amendment at a public hearing and within 30 days following the public hearing, the planning commission must file its report or minutes reflecting its recommendation of approval, approval with modification or disapproval of the proposed zoning amendment with the county clerk for the board’s consideration. (Ord. 1490, 2017; Ord. 971, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 609, 1993; Ord. 274, 1977; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.610.040 Decision of the board on zoning amendments
Within 60 days following the filing of the planning commission’s report with the county clerk, the board must consider the ordinance containing the proposed zoning text amendment or the map amendment at a public hearing, noticed and conducted in accordance with the provisions of NRS and chapters 20.20 and 20.24.  The zone text amendment must be adopted by ordinance and the map amendments must be adopted in accordance with all procedures established in this code.  Following approval of the ordinance or map amendment, the Douglas County Code’s zoning text or County’s zoning map shall be changed to reflect the amendment. (Ord. 1490, 2017; Ord. 971, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.610.050 Findings for zoning map amendments
When approving a zoning text or map amendment the planning commission and the board must make the following findings: 
    A.  That the proposed amendment is consistent with the policies embodied in the adopted master plan and the underlying land use designation contained in the land use plan; 
    B.  That the proposed amendment will not be inconsistent with the adequate public facilities policies contained in this title; 
    C.  That the proposed amendment is compatible with the actual and master planned use of the adjacent properties. (Ord. 971, 2001; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 609, 1993; Ord. 274, 1977; Ord. 241, 1976; Ord. 167, 1968)
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20.610.060 Determination on unlisted uses
The director, upon a written request, or the planning commission upon referral by the director, may determine whether a use not specifically listed as a use that is principally permitted or specially permitted in a particular zoning district of the county based on similarity of the use to uses already listed in accordance with the following: 
    A.  Where the term “similar uses permitted by director determination” is mentioned within any zone district, it shall be deemed to mean other uses which, in the judgment of the director as evidenced by a written decision, are similar to and not more objectionable to the general welfare than those uses specifically listed in the same district. 
    B.  The director may refer a determination on an unlisted use to the planning commission. 
    C.  The director or the planning commission shall not determine that a use is permitted in a zone when the use is specifically first listed as permissible in a zone district allowing more intensive uses. 
    D.  The procedures of this chapter shall not be substituted for the amendment procedure as a means of adding new uses to the list of permitted or specially permitted uses. 
    E.  The planning commission may, on its own motion or at the request of any affected party, reconsider and change a written decision regarding uses previously determined by the planning commission or by the director. 
    F.  The director’s determination regarding conformance of a use to a zone district may be appealed to the planning commission pursuant to section 20.28.020. The planning commission’s determination regarding conformance of a use to a zone district may be appealed to the board, pursuant to section 20.28.020. (Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 599, 1993; Ord. 497, 1989)
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20.610.070 Application procedure
Application for a determination on an unlisted use shall be made in writing to the director, and shall include a detailed description of the proposed use and any other information as may be required to facilitate review of the request, along with the required fee as established by resolution. (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.610.080 Investigation and report
The director shall prepare a report which will address the following, and shall submit copies to the applicant and to the planning commission: 
    A.  Comparison of the proposed use to the type and intensity of other uses principally permitted or conditionally permitted in the same zone district; 
    B.  Evaluation of the purpose and intent of that zone district; 
    C.  Review of the master plan to compare the proposed use characteristics with the applicable goals and objectives. (Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.610.090 Findings
The director, or the planning commission upon referral by the director, shall base the decision upon the following findings: 
    A.  The use in question is of a similar type and intensity to other principally permitted or conditionally permitted uses in the same zone district. 
    B.  The use in question meets the purpose and intent of the district in which it is proposed. 
    C.  The use in question meets and conforms to the applicable policies and maps of the master plan. 
    D.  If the amendment is in a receiving area and changes land to any industrial, commercial, or residential district, or otherwise increases the density or intensity of use, that the amendment is being requested in the context of a specific plan or a planned development, and utilizes transfer development rights. (Ord. 1008, 2002; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 674, 1994; Ord. 641, 1994; Ord. 628, 1994; Ord. 599, 1993; Ord. 497, 1989)
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