When a change of use of an existing building or tenant space is being proposed that is the not the same use as previously occupying that space/building, but has the same intensity or less (i.e. will not require additional parking or any other site improvement - such as a retail to office use), it MAY be approved by the Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) through the issuance of a zoning permit. The ZEO has the discretion to send any change of use proposal to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
When a change of use is more intensive, as determined by the ZEO, or is being established for the first time on a particular property, and/or requires an addition or new building, the Commission MUST review and approve the proposal in accordance with the standards they have adopted in their Zoning Regulations. Site Plan uses and Special Permit uses require submission of an application at least 21 days prior to the first meeting of every month. Special Permit uses require that a public hearing be held to provide opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposal.