How Do I Apply?Please visit the Land Development & Zoning Applications section of our Citizenserve Citizen Access Portal.
When is a Rezoning Required?
Since 1959, St. Charles County has used zoning to separate incompatible land uses; regulate how buildings and improvements to the land are constructed and used; limit the density and intensity of land uses; reduce hazards to life and property from flooding; and manage erosion, loss of tree canopy, and water quality. The policies which govern County zoning include the
- Zoning Regulations (Chapter 405) of the Unified Development Ordinance
- County Zoning Map
- County’s Master Plan
Steps to Rezone Property
Rezoning property is normally initiated by a property owner or their agent, although the Planning and Zoning Commission may instead initiate a zoning map amendment. The steps to rezone property include:
- Applicant consults with Planning & Zoning Division staff (highly recommended).
- Complete application submitted (see Planning and Zoning Commission for deadlines).
- County staff processes application. This includes notifying owners of property within 1,000 feet of the property to be rezoned, posting a sign on the property, and notifying pertinent public agencies.
- Planning and Zoning Commission conducts public hearing and votes on a recommendation concerning the application. The Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month.
- County Council approval or denial.
Items to Submit and Fees
Applications must include (1) a legal description of the property to be rezoned, (2) a recent certificate of title or deed to the property showing ownership, and (3) the application fee (based on acreage).