When a minor alteration is proposed to an existing building, structure or site arrangement on a zoning lot or to an approved development plan prior to or during the time of construction, the Zoning Administrator may make a determination that such a proposal is not subject to development plan review.
   (A)   For the purposes of this section, a proposed development may be considered a minor alteration when it complies with both divisions (A)(1) and (A)(2) below:
      (1)   It is limited to the following:
         (a)   The construction, addition, or alteration of a principal or accessory structure permitted in the O, L-B, or G-B Districts, or a principal or accessory structure of a conditional use permitted in any district, excluding the OM District, that results in an increase in the building footprint of that principal or accessory structure by less than 25% but not more than 1,000 sq. ft, whichever is less.
         (b)   Any construction on a property in the O, L-B or G-B District, or a conditional use in any district, excluding the OM District, which results in an increase of the total impervious surface area on the lot up to 10% but not more than 2,000 square feet.
         (c)   Minor modifications to a landscape or lighting plan, provided that the plan remains in compliance with the requirements of Chapters 151.32 and 151.34 and does not significantly reduce the number of full shade trees or visual screening of the original approved plan.
         (d)   In any case, a proposed increase in the original building footprint of 500 square feet or less may be considered a minor alteration.
      (2)   The Zoning Administrator determines that the minor alteration will have no discernible impact on neighboring properties, the general public, or those intended to occupy or use the proposed development.
   (B)   The applicant shall submit a scaled drawing indicating the proposed minor alteration.
   (C)   The Zoning Administrator shall review the proposal to determine that it is appropriate and not contrary to this Zoning Code. In making such determination, the Zoning Administrator may consult with the Chair of the Planning Commission.
   (D)   In the event that the Zoning Administrator approves the proposal, he or she shall issue a Zoning Certificate to the applicant. If the Zoning Administrator denies the proposal, he shall notify the applicant and transmit his reasons for the denial. The Zoning Administrator shall complete his review and make a determination within 30 days of receipt of a complete application. The Zoning Administrator shall record his determination and report it to the Planning Commission at their next regularly scheduled meeting.  If the Zoning Administrator denies the proposal, he/she shall notify the applicant and transmit the reasons for the denial.  Denial of a minor alteration by the Zoning Administrator may be appealed to Planning Commission by the applicant, if a notice of appeal is filed with the Zoning Administrator within 14 days of the date the development plan is denied in writing.
   (E)   When the Zoning Administrator determines that a minor alteration proposed in the Heritage Overlay District is not subject to development plan review, according to the criteria outlined in Division (A) above, such proposal shall be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 150.1207.
   (F)   All other requests for modifications that do not meet the criteria outlined in this section shall be submitted for approval in accordance with this Chapter.
(Ord. 5-2005, passed 3-23-05; Am. Ord. 16-2013, passed 11-6-13)