An amendment initiated by at least one owner or lessee of property or a developer with an option or a signed purchase contact on such property within the area proposed to be changed or affected by said amendment shall be submitted and reviewed according to the following:
   (a)   Discussion with Planning Commission.  Prior to submitting an application for an amendment to the Zoning Code, the applicant may appear before the Planning Commission to informally discuss the proposed amendment.  However, no action shall be taken at such a meeting and no discussions, opinions, suggestions, or recommendations of the Planning Commission shall be relied upon by the applicant to indicate subsequent approval or disapproval of the proposed amendment.
   (b)   Submission Requirements.  An application for a zoning amendment may be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Administrator.  The application for amendments to both the Zoning Code text and the Zoning Map shall be in such form and contain such information as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Planning and Zoning Administrator. The application shall also include the application fee, as set forth in the schedule of fees.  For additional requirements, see Chapter 1246.
   (c)   Review for Completeness. The Planning and Zoning Administrator or designee shall review the submitted application for completeness and compliance with the applicable submission requirements within twenty (20) days of receipt of such application.  If the application is deemed insufficient, the Planning and Zoning Administrator or designee shall notify the applicant of the deficiencies and place the application on hold until complete. When the application is determined complete and the application fee has been paid, the Planning and Zoning Administrator or designee shall officially accept the application for consideration.
   (d)   Transmittal to the Planning Commission. After the filing of a completed application by an owner, lessee of property or developer with an option or a signed purchase contract on such property, the Planning and Zoning Administrator shall transmit the application to the Planning Commission to begin the adoption process set forth in this Chapter.
      (Ord. 8-13. Passed 5-14-13.)