Within the City limits, the construction or addition to a commercial structure, or a residential building containing more than two units requires the approval of a site plan by the Development Assistance Committee. Applications for site plan approval and a guidebook for completing the application process are available in the Planning Services Division. The site plan review requires that a plan be submitted by a design professional that addresses development issues including drainage design, parking lot design and lighting, utility connections and fire protection, disabled accessibility, and landscaping.
The City of Carbondale enforces a zoning and subdivision ordinance within and 11⁄2 miles outside of the City Limits. The Zoning Ordinance regulates the uses that can be placed on a property as well as building setbacks, height limitations, occupancy limitations, and parking requirements.
Prior to constructing a new building, a building addition, or placing an accessory structure on a lot, a zoning certificate must be secured from the Planning Division. If a new use of a property is proposed the zoning should be checked to make sure that the zoning of the property permits such use. If the proposed use is not permitted in the existing zoning district the property owner may want to consider applying to have the property rezoned to a district that would permit the use. Rezoning applications are processed by the Planning Services Division and require a public hearing be held before the Planning Commission prior to the City Council making the final decision on a request.
The Subdivision Ordinance regulates the division of property into new lots. Within l1⁄2 miles of the City limits dividing a parcel into smaller lots must first have a subdivision plat approved by the City Council. The Engineering Advisory Committee (EAC) is comprised of representatives of City Departments that review the subdivision plans for compliance with applicable road standards, utility extensions and other development requirements. The Planning Services Division coordinates the subdivision review process.
More Information is available on the Development Services web page.