Once the pre-application review has occurred, the meeting with adjoining property owners and neighborhood groups has taken place, and the Louisville Metro review agencies have preliminarily approved the proposal, the owner/developer may formally file for the Conditional Use Permit (CUP). A case number will be assigned to the case. You should reference this number in further correspondence with the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA) or staff. From this point, the procedure moves along fairly rapidly, so it is critical to review the file regularly for changes and additions. The file is available at Planning and Design Services, 444 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.). Once the CUP application is filed, BOZA members are not allowed to discuss the matter with any interested party (including the developer, attorney, or citizens). You can send letters, petitions, and other information to the Planning and Design Services office where it will become part of the official record and copies will be provided to all BOZA members.
Planning and Design Services staff conducts a site inspection to assess the impact of the proposed development on the surrounding area. They evaluate the proposal in terms of its effect on roads and traffic patterns, its compatibility with the neighborhood, and its impact on natural and historical features in the area. The plan is also reviewed to determine if it is in compliance with the guidelines of the Comprehensive Plan.