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Zone Changes
Criteria
City Zone Change and County Zone Change amend the Unified Zoning Regulations or the official map and can only be amended by the governing bodies for the City or the County. In making recommendations for the governing bodies, Planning Staff and the Zoning Boards and Commissions must consider whether the zoning or rezoning meet the following criteria:
  • Whether the new zoning was designed in accordance with the comprehensive plan
  • Whether the new zoning was designed to lessen congestion in the streets
  • Whether the new zoning will promote health and general welfare
  • Whether the new zoning will be secure from fire, panic and other dangers
  • Whether the new zoning will provide adequate light and air
  • Whether the new zoning will prevent the overcrowding of land
  • Whether the new zoning will avoid undue concentration of population
  • Whether the new zoning will facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, fire, police and other public requirements
  • Whether the new zoning gives reasonable consideration to the character of the district
  • Whether the new zoning gives reasonable consideration to peculiar suitability of the property for particular uses
  • Whether the new zoning was adopted with a view to conserving the value of buildings
  • Whether the new zoning will encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the City of Billings.

Hearings and Approval
The City Zoning Commission and County Zoning Commission holds a public hearing and forwards their recommendation for approval or denial to the appropriate governing body. Zone Changes require two readings by the governing body and in the City are not effective until 30 days following final approval.