§42-345.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
A.
Purpose. The Comprehensive Plan Amendment process is designed to allow for: (1) regularly scheduled
amendment evaluation; (2) consistency in how amendments are handled; (3) the consideration of the
current plan and the proposed amendment to the plan concurrently, with an evaluation of the consequences
of each; (4) the consideration of land use changes in a countywide context by simultaneous amendment
review; (5) the separation of land use issues from specific zoning issues; (6) thorough staff and board
analysis and evaluation; and (7) meaningful public input. All actions taken to amend, supplement, change
or repeal the Comprehensive Plan shall follow the appropriate process as outlined below.
B.
Administrative Amendments. 
(1)
Approval Authority. Board of Commissioners.
(2)
Initiation. The Commissioners, County Manager, Planning Board and Planning Staff may submit
administrative amendments to the Planning Director.
(3)
Staff Review. The Planning Director draft submitted amendments and provides them to the
County Manager for review, consideration and action by the Commissioners. 
(4)
Review Schedule. As needed.
(5)
Public Hearing. None required.
(6)
Public Notification. None required.
(7)
Amendment Validity. The amendment is effective immediately following the decision of the
Commissioners.
C.
Substantive Amendments. 
(1)
Approval Authority. Board of Commissioners
(2)
Initiation. The Commissioners, County Manager, Planning Board and Planning Director may
initiate substantive amendments.
(3)
Review Schedule. Amendments shall be considered annually, and shall be reviewed based on the
following:
a.
Interim Review, Community Plan Begun, not yet adopted. Where the site of a proposed
rezoning or special use permit request is located in the area under study, the Planning
Department will not initiate consideration of whether the site’s current formally adopted
land use classification should be changed to allow the proposed development, but
encourage the landowner to participate in the development of the applicable Community
Plan. If the landowner continues with the rezoning or special use permit request, review
of Comprehensive Plan consistency will be based on the site’s current or assumed
classification (until the Community Plan is adopted).
b.
Interim Review, Community Plan not Yet Begun. Where a proposed rezoning or special
use permit request is located in the area scheduled for study, the Planning Department
will initiate an ad hoc consideration of whether the site’s current formally adopted land
use classification should be changed. This process shall occur concurrently with the
review process of the proposed rezoning or special use permit request.
c.
Annual Review. The County will review amendment requests as submitted in January.
Planning Staff assesses suggested revisions within the context of the plan as a whole,
proposes plan amendments deemed appropriate to address them, and submits the
proposed amendments to the Planning Board for review and recommendation to the
Commissioners. The Commissioners decide whether to adopt the proposed amendments.
d.
Five-Year Review. The Comprehensive Plan is subject to a review every five (5) years,
with the first review scheduled after the last Community Plan is complete. Planning Staff
prepares draft amendments and submits them to the Planning Board for initial review.
Planning Staff distributes copies of the draft amendments widely, invites public
comment, addresses received public comments and submits amendments as revised to the
Planning Board for review and recommendation to the Commissioners. The
Commissioners review and decide whether to adopt the amendments.  The
Commissioners may hold a public hearing or public input session. If the Commissioners
direct that further modifications to the proposed amendments be made, and such
modifications are deemed by the Commissioners to be significant, the modified proposal
shall be resubmitted to the Planning Board for further review and recommendation before
the Commissioners take action.
  
(4)
Public Hearing. None required. The Board of Commissioners may hold a public hearing on the
amendments(s).
(5)
Public Notification. Notice of proposed change must be filed with the clerk to the Board of
Commissioners and posted on the County website at least ten (10) but not more than twenty-five
(25) days prior to the Commissioners approving proposed amendments. Where appropriate,
notices deemed may be mailed to affected property owners. 
(6)
Amendment Validity. The amendment is effective immediately following the decision of the
Commissioners.