Meet with the Planning Department
NOTE: You will have the option to attend your meeting either in-person, virtually (conducted via Microsoft Teams) or as a hybrid (some team members in-person, others virtually).
- The Planning Department is requiring all applicants requesting a Change of Zoning (Rezone), Comp Plan Amendment, or Special Area Plan (SAP) to 'attend' a Pre-Application meeting. You cannot apply for a Rezone until you've attended a pre-application meeting.
The deadlines to request a pre-application meeting for the Spring and Fall Cycles
Prepare Documents for Pre-Application Meeting
You must bring (or send) the following documents to your pre-application meeting:
- FLUM of the surrounding area (half-mile radius from your property).
Apply for Zoning Change
After your pre-application meeting, you should immediately begin gathering your additional documents and submit your official application. You can apply for a Rezone as soon as your pre-application meeting is complete.
TIP: In general, if you apply earlier and work through our steps faster, you get to hearing sooner!
The deadlines to apply for a Rezone/FLUM/SAP. You may not apply until you have completed your pre-application meeting (above).
Gather documents for your application. Only ePlan submittals with ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FROM CHECKLISTS will be considered for the Rezone Cycle. Submittals with missing documents may reapply for the next Cycle. Applicants should discuss how to avoid this in their Pre-Application meetings or e-mail Planning@miamigov.com.
View document checklists:
Apply for Zoning Change/Rezone
NOTE: To apply, select "rezoning" as your application.
Address Pre-Screen Notes from City
- Your documents will be "pre-screened", and you will hear back with notes & corrections from our staff in ePlan. They will request any additional information needed (i.e. survey etc.). You must make all pre-screen corrections requested by staff, or your application will not proceed.
- All pre-screen corrections must be made by the deadline.
TIP: These notes are not the same as ePlan's 'staff review', which will take place after you pass your pre-screen.
NOTE: Do not wait until this date to re-submit, the application must be “cured” by this date or it will not be eligible to participate in the Fall 2021 Rezone Cycle.
Respond to Staff Review, if Applicable
After you have passed pre-screen, your application will be assigned to a staff reviewer, who may contact you with any additional questions. If so, these need to be addressed. Applicants must respond to staff’s written comments within the timeframe to maintain a hearing date.
*NOTE: Failure to respond timely to staff's comments may impact the public hearing date.
Await Word from Hearing Boards, Attend Hearings
You must pass the pre-screen and staff review (when applicable) in order for your application to be analyzed for a PZAB hearing (assigned by Hearing Boards). The Planning staff will finalize their analyses and batch stamp documents for public hearing.
NOTE: Planners can not assign hearing dates.
The Office of Hearing Boards will finalize arrangements with you and provide dates for the public hearings, which includes appearance(s) before PZAB and a minimum of two appearances before the City Commission.
NOTE: This process is a general overview of how the Rezone application takes place. Delays and exceptions can arise based on the complexity of an application and/or the recommendation(s) of the boards.