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All projects in Albany must comply with the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance, and are subject to a review process conducted by City staff, in coordination with the Planning Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and/or the Historic Resources Commission.

 USDO Master Application Form
        BEGIN ALL PROJECTS WITH THIS APPLICATION

USDO Administrative Adjustment
An administrative adjustment allows minor variations in the development standards of the USDO to be reviewed and approved at the staff level.  The Allowable Administrative Adjustments Table in Section 375-5-2 lists the development standards and limits.  An administrative adjustment must be reviewed concurrently with applications for other types of site development permits.

USDO Area Variance
An area variance is a request for relief from the dimensional or development standards of the USDO for a specific property.  Submit application after proposed project or development is denied by the Chief Planning Official or the Chief Building Official.  BZA decisions are based on Section 375-5(E)(21)(c)(i).

USDO Certificate of Appropriateness
This application is required for all permits involving any major or minor exterior alteration, restoration, reconstruction, demolition, new construction or movement of any property or landmark that is either designated or withing a local Historic District.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Certificate of Legal Nonconformity
Submit this application if you have a legal or equitable interest in a nonconforming property.  The Applicant is responsible for providing all documentation and evidence required to support a claim of legal nonconformity.

USDO Conditional Use Permit
Conditional uses are those uses that have potential unforeseen impacts or unique form and require a careful case-by-case review of their location, design, configuration and impact to determine the desirability of permitting their establishment on any particular site.   This application is required for a property with a proposal for a use listed in the Permitted Use Table in Section 375-3(B) as a conditional use for the Zoning District.  Planning Board decisions are based on Section 375-5(E)(16)(c).

USDO Demolition Review
A demolition review is required prior to receiving any building permit that involves the total or partial demolition of a structure or building, except those structures located within the Historic Resources Overlay District or as listed in Section 375-5(E)(17)(a).
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Design Review Tall Buildings
Buildings proposed in the MU-DT Zoning District that are over 100-feet are subject to this design review and must comply with the criteria in Section 375-5(E)(20).  Buildings must also be designed consistent with the intended character of Albany's Downtown, as described in the Albany 2030 Comprehensive Plan, as well as, incorporate pedestrian amenities at the street-level, provide architectural excellence, and allow for adequate flow of light and air to public spaces.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Development Plan Review
This review is performed to assure a proposed development conforms to the standards in the USDO, the Albany 2030 Comprehensive Plan, and any other applicable provisions of City Code.  Use this application for either type of development plan review:
     - Minor Development Plan Review, see Section 375-5(E)(4)(a)
     - Major Development Plan Review, see Section 375-5(E)(14)(a)
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO District Plan Review
Proposed projects containing 10-acres or more of land, owned or operated by a single or related entity or institution in the MU-CI Zoning District, or containing 2-acres or more of land owned or operated by a single or related entity or institution in the R-V, MU-CU or MU-CH Zoning Districts, may elect to obtain approval of a comprehensive District Plan.  The Applicant shall hold at least one community meeting to discuss the proposed District Plan before submitting the application for review and approval by the City.  Mailed notice of the community meeting shall be provided as described in Section 375-5(D)(6)(ii).

USDO Floodplain Variance
Submit this application for relief from the floodplain development standards of the Floodplain Overlay (see Section 375-2(F)(3)).  To be eligible for review, the subject property must meet the applicability standards in Section 375-5(E)(22)(a).

USDO Historic Property Hardship Waiver
Use this waiver if a landmark, contributing structure, or property within an Historic District is to be demolished, removed, or relocated. Or if an Applicant seeks relief from a denied Certificate of Appropriateness for major exterior work.
Note: Application must be accompanied by an analysis prepared by an appraiser, historic preservation specialist, architect or engineer with expertise in historic preservation. This analysis must clearly present evidence of an economic hardship or practical difficulty in meeting the requirements of Section 375‐2(F)(1).  A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Land Subdivision
A subdivision is required to create two or more lots for (re)development.  This review is used to ensure that the proposed lots comply with the dimensional requirements of the Zoning District where they are located, and that all development standards, infrastructure requirements, and circulation systems required by the USDO and other applicable City codes are provided.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Lot Consolidation
A lot consolidation is required to merge two or more existing lots that have common lot lines.  This review may be used to conform an existing lot or development to the current dimensional standards of a Zoning District (e.g., lot size, setbacks, etc.) or to create a single larger lot for (re)development.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Lot Line Adjustment
A lot line adjustment is required to relocate an existing lot line between two abutting lots or tracts shown on a Plat, or other recorded document.  It can be used to correct errors in Plats before buildings are erected or to adjust lot lines to reflect as–built conditions.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Owner's Consent
An Owner’s Consent Form is required for any application in which the Applicant is not the owner on record for the subject property, or where a property has multiple owners, or where multiple properties are the subject of an application.  Signatures of each owner on record is required.

USDO Use Variance
Submit this application for relief from the permitted use regulations found in Section 375‐3.  An application may be submitted after denial of a proposed use by the Chief Planning Official.  The BZA reviews the application at a public hearing and makes its decision based on the standards found in Section 375‐5(E)(21)(c)(ii).  The BZA decision must grant the minimum variance necessary to address the unnecessary hardship proven by the Applicant.
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Wall Display Application
This application applies to all displays on walls or structures that exceed the height, size, duration, or another physical standard for an attached sign in the Zoning District where the wall or structure is located, and that do not qualify for approval through a Special Sign Program under Section 375‐4(I)(6).  The Planning Board will review applications against criteria in Section 375‐4(I)(7)(c).
Note: A pre-application meeting is available upon request prior to submitting this Application.

USDO Zoning Compliance Certificate
Use this form to apply for either type of compliance: Basic Zoning Compliance or Detailed Zoning Compliance.
Note: The City does not inform the primary point of contact or property owner about any changes affecting the development potential or status of the subject property after a Zoning Compliance Certificate is issued.

USDO Zoning Map Amendment
Zoning Map Amendments are reviewed by the Chief Planning Official who then initiates the amendment process.   The Planning Board reviews the proposed amendment at a public hearing and makes a recommendation to the Common Council.  The Common Council reviews the application and recommendations, holds a public hearing, and decides on the change in accordance with Section 375-5(E)(24)(c).