about specific requirements for Special Exception

Criteria for Special Exception

The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews these criteria (§17-112) when making decisions to grant approval or denial for Special Exception applications. Applicants will be judged based on the answers provided during presentation of the case at the hearing. 
  • Whether the proposal will have a substantial adverse impact on vehicular traffic or vehicular and pedestrian safety, and whether adequate provisions are made for parking and for loading and unloading;
  • Whether the proposal will have a substantial adverse impact on adjoining properties in terms of environmental factors such as noise, lights, glare, vibration, fumes, odors, obstruction of air or light, and litter;
  • Whether the proposal will have a substantial adverse impact on the aesthetic character of the area, to include a review of the orientation and spacing of buildings;
  • Whether the proposal will have a substantial adverse impact on public safety or create nuisance conditions detrimental to the public interest or conditions likely to result in increased law enforecement response;
  • Whether the proposal will create a concentration or proliferation of the same or similar types of special exception use, and if this concentration may be detrimental to the development or redevelopment of the area in which the special exception use is proposed to be developed;
  • Whether the proposal is consistent with the character and intent of the underlying district as indicated in the zoning district description, with any applicable zoning overlay district goals and requirements;
  • Whether the proposal is appropriate for its location and compatible with the permitted uses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the property; and
  • Whether the proposal will adversely affect the public interest.
For additional information please contact Zoning Division at (803) 545-3333