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An amendment to the General Plan, this Development Code, a Community Plan, or an Area Plan may be approved only if all of the following findings are made, as applicable to the type of amendment.
(a) Findings for General Plan, Community Plan, or Area Plan Amendments.
(1) If the amendment pertains only to changing a portion of the text of the plan, the Board shall first make both of the following findings:
(A) The proposed amendment is internally consistent with all other provisions of the respective plan, the General Plan or an applicable specific plan; and
(B) The proposed amendment would not be detrimental to the public interest, health, safety, convenience, or welfare of the County.
(2) If the General Plan amendment proposes to change a land use zoning designation from one zone to another, the Board shall first make the two findings above plus all of the following additional findings:
(A) The proposed land use zoning district change is in the public interest, there will be a community benefit, and other existing and allowed uses will not be compromised;
(B) The proposed land use zoning district change will provide a reasonable and logical extension of the existing land use pattern in the surrounding area;
(C) The proposed land use zoning district change does not conflict with provisions of this Development Code;
(D) The proposed land use zoning district change will not have a substantial adverse effect on surrounding property; and
(E) The affected site is physically suitable in terms of design, location, shape, size, operating characteristics, and the provision of public and emergency vehicle (e.g., fire and medical) access and public services and utilities (e.g., fire protection, police protection, potable water, schools, solid waste collection and disposal, storm drainage, wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal, etc.), to ensure that the proposed or anticipated uses and/or development would not endanger, jeopardize, or otherwise constitute a hazard to the property or improvements in the vicinity in which the property is located.
(b) Findings for Development Code Amendments. The Board shall first make all of the following findings:
(1) The proposed amendment is consistent with the General Plan and any applicable community plan or specific plan;
(2) The proposed amendment would not be detrimental to the public interest, health, safety, convenience, or welfare of the County; and
(3) The proposed amendment is internally consistent with other applicable provisions of this Development Code.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007)