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Conditional Use Applications


Conditional Use applications are required for certain uses in certain zones, based on the use table found in the zoning code.  The Planning Department conducts intake review on Conditional Use cases to verify completeness.  Once applications are deemed acceptable, they are sent to the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings (OZAH), which ultimately approves or denies the Conditional Use.

Forest Conservation:

In cases where the Conditional Use proposes little to no disturbance of environmental features, Forest Conservation may be handled by filling out this form.  In other cases, an FCP will have to be submitted as part of the Conditional Use application.

Development Review Committee (DRC):

Conditional Uses do not go to DRC.

Decision Type:

The Planning Board provides a recommendation to the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, who approve or deny the Conditional Use.


Conditional Use fees vary by the type of use proposed.  OZAH’s Conditional Use fee schedule may be found here.

Review Time:

Conditional Use applications may take anywhere from 4-6 months from the time of intake acceptance to be approved or denied.


Conditional Uses may be amended.

Application Instructions

Conditional Use applications can only be accepted in paper.  We strongly encourage scheduling a meeting with Planning Staff prior to submission of the application in order to discuss potential problem areas and explain what is needed as part of the application.

Essential Documents