Conditional use permits shall be required for the uncommon and infrequent uses, uses  that require extraordinary safeguards, and uses which may be permitted in more restrictive districts than the districts in which the uses are permitted by right.  Enumerated throughout this Zoning Code are such uses and the districts in which they may be permitted, provided the following standards are fulfilled: all conditions set by the Planning Commission for specific uses, and a permit is granted by the Planning Commission.
(a)   Application for permits shall be made to the Planning Commission.  The Commission shall hold an adjudication hearing on the application.  The Planning Commission shall schedule a hearing open to the public.  Notice of the time, place, and purpose of the hearing shall be given by the following method:
A printed notice, not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the hearing, sent to owners of all property as shown upon the records of the County Recorder, within 300 feet of the property which the conditional use permit has been requested.
(b)   Standards for evaluating conditional use permits.  An application for a conditional use permit shall not be approved unless it conforms with the intent of the City of Sandusky Comprehensive Plan and complies with the following conditions and standards:
(1)   Residential District.
A.   That the proposed use is properly located in relation to any  adopted land use plan or major thoroughfare plan, secondary and local streets, and pedestrian circulation in the surrounding area;
B.   That the proposed use when located on a local residential street is such as to generate a minimum of vehicular traffic through residential neighborhoods;
C.   That the location, design, and operation of the use will not discourage the appropriate development, or impair the value of the surrounding residential district.
(2)   Business, Commercial and Manufacturing Districts.
A.   That the proposed use is necessary to serve community needs, and existing similar facilities located in a more remote district in which the use is permitted by right, are inadequate;
B.   That the proposed use is not closer than appropriate in the particular situation to schools, churches, and other places of assembly.
C.   That location size, intensity, and site plan of the proposed use shall be such that its operation will not be objectionable to nearby dwellings by reason of noise, smoke, dust, odors, fumes, vibrations, or glare more than is normal, or as permitted by the performance standards of the district.
D.   That the proposed use will form a harmonious part of the business, commercial, or manufacturing district, taking into account, among others, convenience of access and relationship of one use to another.
E.   That the proposed use should be permitted in the next less restrictive district because of its limited nature, modern devices, equipment, or improvements;
F.   That the hours of operation and concentration of vehicles in connection with the proposed use will not be more hazardous or dangerous than the normal traffic of the district.
(3)   In addition to the above general standards set forth in subsections (b)(1) and (2) hereof, appropriate specific safeguards, applying to a particular application may also be specified in the permit.
         (Ord. 03-071.  Passed 3-10-03.)