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(a) Referral to City Planning Commission. Council or any officer, board or commission of the City may refer any request or proposal for an amendment, supplement or change in the Zoning Code to the City Planning Commission for report and recommendation. In making such referral, a reasonable time shall be specified by Council so as to give the City Planning Commission sufficient time to hold a public hearing as provided in this section.
(b) Public Hearing. The City Planning Commission shall have the power to hold a public hearing upon such request or proposal for an amendment, supplement or change, such hearing to be preceded by two weeks' notice of the time and place of the hearing published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City and a copy of the notice being posted in the City Hall. If the City Planning Commission elects to hold a public hearing, such hearing shall be held within not more than thirty days of the date of referral by Council or a longer period if so specified by Council.
(c) Recommendation to Council. The City Planning Commission may, upon its own volition, and shall, upon referral by Council, make a report and recommendation to Council concerning the proposed amendment, supplement or change, approving, disapproving or modifying in whole or in part, the proposed amendment, supplement or change. No action by Council shall be made until such amendment, supplement or change has been referred to the City Planning Commission and until it recommendations thereon have been presented to Council.
(d) Action by Council.
(1) Public hearing and notice. Before any ordinance for an amendment or change may be passed, Council shall hold a public hearing thereon and shall give thirty days' notice of the time and place thereof in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.
(2) Text and materials on file. During such thirty days the text or copy of the text of such ordinance for the amendment, supplement or change, together with maps or plans or copies thereof, or referred to in such ordinance, and the maps, plans and reports submitted by the City Planning Commission, shall be on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk, or a copy of the text of such ordinance and the report of the City Planning Commission may be on file in the office of the City Clerk for public inspection, and such maps or plans may be on file for public inspection in the office of the City Engineer.
(3) General considerations regarding amendments. In determining what, if any, amendments to this Zoning Code are to be adopted, Council shall give due consideration to the proper relationship of such amendments to the entire Zoning Code, it being the interest to retain the integrity and validity of the zoning districts herein described and to avoid any isolated spot zoning changes on the Zoning Map. Any amendments adopted by Council may be modified from the form in which they were held by Council for a public hearing within the limits necessary to relate properly such amendment or amendments to this Zoning Code. Final action on such modifications shall be referred to the City Planning Commission for review and report by the Commission prior to final passage by Council. No such ordinance for an amendment, supplement or change which violates, differs from or departs from the plan or report submitted by the City Planning Commission shall take effect unless passed and approved by not less than three-fourths of the full membership of Council.
(Ord. 2000-16. Passed 2-28-00.)