Zoning regulations are the rules that determine how parcels of land may be used or developed. Ogden’s zoning ordinance identifies these basic categories of land use: residential, commercial, central business district and manufacturing. Within these major categories are several sub-zones and overlay areas designed to meet the needs or special conditions of an area. Ogden City's zoning regulations may be found in Section 15 of the municipal code. Prior to undertaking a project, property owners and developers are encouraged to visit with Ogden City Planning staff to obtain all planning and zoning information relating to their proposal.
If an owner wants to use or develop property in a manner that does not conform to the current zoning district regulations, it can only occur by applying for and receiving approval for a change of zoning or what is commonly described as the rezoning process. Citizens can also petition to change existing regulations if they feel a change is needed. This request for a regulation change is called a petition to amend the zoning ordinance. Some uses may require a conditional use permit. A conditional use is when a particular use may be acceptable in some locations where it is allowed but not in all locations because of potential impacts to the surroundings. Additionally, there are some land uses which may be non-conforming with today's zoning requirements, but are allowed due to continuous use with the existence of a non-conforming use certificate . Owners with properties residing in one of Ogden's historic districts have additional guidelines they must follow before work may be done on their property.
Occasionally, land owners may wish to annex their property into Ogden City in order to receive city services, or the City may wish to expand its boundaries to include an area which the City could or may already be providing services. The annexation process is always noticed and involves participation from from a number of parties, including the Ogden City Planning Commission and private citizens through a public hearing.
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