Determine The Gap:
With a basic understanding of the issues related to CUPs, the next step is to define the gap between where your community’s policies are today, and where they need to be. As the issues champion, you need to be sure that you can answer the following questions before you move on to the next step:
- What is your municipality’s current policy on CUPs?
- How often is an application turned into your municipality for a CUP?
- What is the municipality’s current process for approving a CUP? How can this process better meet the needs of the community?
- What would be the result of including a public hearing in your municipality’s CUP process? Are there certain types of conditional uses the public does not show up to comment on? Could those uses be rewritten with standard conditions to be allowed as a permitted use within certain zoning districts?
Once you know what council members are likely to ask about this proposed policy, you are ready to put it in front of them for their consideration.
Move to Lesson 3.1