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Chapter 18. General Zoning Ordinance

Sec. 18-145. Appeals

An appeal of any Plan Commission action relating to the regulation of construction, reconstruction or exterior alteration or the regulation of demolition may be initiated by filing a petition to appeal, specifying the grounds for such appeal, with the City Clerk prior to the date on which the Council is scheduled to approve the Plan Commission action. The City Clerk shall file the petition to appeal with the Council and the Council shall schedule a public hearing after which the Council may, by a favorable vote of 2/3 of its members, reverse or modify the decision of the Plan Commission. In modifying or reversing a decision of the Plan Commission, the Council shall find that owing to special conditions, the decision of the Plan Commission would cause serious hardship to the property owner or preclude reasonable use of the property. Self-created hardship or expectation of increased economic return shall not be the basis for modifying or reversing a decision of the Plan Commission.