Conditional and Special Use Permit Process

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Conditional Use Permits

There are two types of uses on parcels of land, permitted uses which are appropriate uses to the location and are allowed by right on a given parcel, and conditional uses which can be appropriate in the right locations and must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. When a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is needed the process normally involves having a pre-application meeting with County Staff to discuss the application and try to resolve any issues at the front end of the process. Next would be submitting a CUP application, which if complete will be sent out for review by County and State agencies, this takes a minimum of 30 days. After review if there are no outstanding issues the application will be advertized and sent to the Planning Commission, where it will be discussed and receive public comment. The Planning Commission has up to 100 days to act on the application, after which it will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors with the Planning Commissions recommendation of approval or denial. The Board will then review and discuss the application and it will again be open for public comment. The Board also has 100 days to act on the application. After which time the application will either be approved and a conditonal use will be allowed on the parcel(s) or the application will be denied and the conditional use would not be allowed.

You can find further information on the Conditional Use Permit process along with the Application in the Document Library.


Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit is for the rare occasion when the proposed use does not fall into a use type as defined by the Isle of Wight Zoning Ordinance. When a use is deemed by the Zoning Administrator to be an  undefined use type it must be reviewd by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors  for its compatibility with surrounding land uses in the proposed location. The application and review process are the same as that of a Conditional Use Permit. The procedure sheet and application can also be found in the Document Library.


If you have further questions or would like to discuss a Conditional or Special Use Permit please contact County Staff:

Richard Rudnicki, AICP – Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning

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