Sec. 9-12.202.  Notice requirements.
   (a)   All notices of application and notices of public hearings shall be given by the means specified in this section; provided, however, that the City Council, Planning Commission or Community Development Director may provide additional notice of a hearing in any manner deemed desirable.
   (b)   Category 1 applications. The following types of applications are defined as Category 1 applications:
Precise plan of design
Temporary use permits, and modifications thereto
   Where this Code requires a notice of application or a notice of public hearing for a Category 1 application, it shall be given by all of the following means:
   (1)   By mailing or delivery as specified by Section 9-12.203 of this article;
   (2)   By posting as specified by Section 9-12.207 of this article.
   (c)   Category 2 applications. The following types of applications are defined as Category 2 applications:
Lot line adjustment
   Where this Code requires a notice of application or a notice of public hearing for a Category 2 application, it shall be given by the following means:
   (1)   By mailing or delivery as specified by Section 9-12.204 of this article.
   (d)   Category 3 applications. The following types of applications are defined as Category 3 applications:
Administrative action
Alternate parking agreement
Minor modifications–permits and tracts
Parcel map waiver
Permits–administrative hearing
   Where this Code requires a notice of application or a notice of public hearing for a Category 3 application, it shall be given by all of the following means:
   (1)   By mailing or delivery as specified by Section 9-12.204 of this article;
   (2)   By posting as specified by Section 9-12.207 of this article.
   (e)   Category 4 hearings. Where this Code requires that a public hearing be held to consider the following types of applications, it shall be defined as a Category 4 public hearing:
Development Agreements–Specific Plan 15 area only
Land divisions and modifications thereto
Reversion to acreage
Variances and modifications thereto
   Notice of Category 4 public hearings shall be given by all of the following means:
   (1)   By mailing or delivery as specified by Section 9-12.204 of this article;
   (2)   By mailing or delivery to local agencies as specified by Section 9-12.205 of this Article;
   (3)   By mailing or delivery to homeowners or property owners associations as specified by Section 9-12.206 of this article;
   (4)   By posting as specified by Section 9-12.207 of this article;
   (5)   By publication as specified by Section 9-12.209 of this article.
   (f)   Category 5 hearings. Where this Code requires that a public hearing be held to consider the following types of applications, it shall be defined as a Category 5 public hearing:
General Plan amendments
Amendments to the Zoning Regulations of the City
Zone changes and prezoning
Specific Plans and Specific Plan amendments
Development agreements, amendments, cancellation (other than Specific Plan 15 area)
Tentative tract maps
Condominium conversions
Civic district establishment or amendment
Permits-Planning Commission hearing
Major modifications to permits and tracts
Sale, disposition, lease or other transfer of City open space property per Chapter 13 of this title.
   Notice of Category 5 public hearings shall be given by all of the following means:
   (1)   By mailing or delivery as specified by Section 9-12.204 of this article;
   (2)   By mailing or delivery to local agencies as specified by Section 9-12.205 of this article;
   (3)   By mailing or delivery to homeowners or property owners associations as specified by Section 9-12.206 of this article.
   (4)   By posting as specified by Section 9-12.208 of this article;
   (5)   By publication as specified by Section 9-12.209 of this article.
   Provided, however, that in the case of General Plan amendments and amendments to the Zoning Regulations of the City which are not site-specific, the only required notice shall be notice by publication as specified in Section 9-12.209 of this article.  At least forty-five (45) days prior to the public hearing, a notice of application shall be provided with the information specified by Section 9-12.201.
   At least forty-five (45) days prior to the public hearing, a notice of application shall be provided with the information specified by Section 9-12.204.
   (g)   Category 6 hearings.  Where a public hearing by the Planning Commission is required to consider an application referred by, or an appeal of a decision rendered by, the Community Development Director, or where a public hearing by the City Council is required to consider an appeal of a decision rendered by the Planning Commission, it shall be defined as a Category 6 hearing.
   Notice of Category 6 hearings shall be provided in the same manner as originally required for the application or administrative action being appealed or referred; provided, however, that any notice of a Category 6 hearing which is required to be published shall be published in the legal advertising section pursuant to the specifications set forth in Section 9-12.209 of this article.
   (h)   Where this section would require a notice by mailing or delivery, and the number of notices that would be required is greater than one thousand (1,000), then notice may be given by publication one time within a display advertisement, said advertisement to be at least one-eighth (1/8) page in size, in lieu of mailing or delivery.
   (i)   As used herein, the term “permits” includes those permits defined and regulated by Article 28 of Chapter 4 of this title.
(§ 1, Ord. 1178-NS, eff. April 27, 1993, as amended by § 2, Ord. 1194-NS, eff. December 14, 1993, § 1 Ord. 1203-NS, eff. March 22, 1994, § 18, Ord. 1210-NS, eff. May 24, 1994, §§ 1, 2, Ord. 1279-NS, eff. April 9, 1997, § 20, Ord. 1379-NS, eff. August 9, 2001 § 2, Ord. 1385-NS, eff. October 18, 2001, and § 37, Ord. 1555-NS, eff. May 13, 2011)