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Special Use Appeals

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What is a Special Use?

The Milwaukee Code of Ordinances defines a Special Use as "a use which is generally acceptable in a particular zoning district but which, because of its characteristics and the characteristics of the zoning district in which it would be located, requires review on a case by case basis to determine whether it should be permitted, conditionally permitted, or denied (MCO s.295-201-619)."


 

 
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Special Use Criteria

If you apply for a Special Use, you must file a statement with you application that addresses each of the following criteria:

  • Protection of Public Health Safety and Welfare. The use will be designed, located and operated in a manner so that the public health, safety and welfare are protected. A geographic concentration of establishments of this type may be evidence, in certain circumstances, that the public health, safety and welfare will not be protected.
  • Protection of Property. The use, value and enjoyment of other property in the neighborhood will not be substantially impaired or diminished by the establishment, maintenance or operation of the special use. A geographic concentration of establishments of this type may be evidence, in certain circumstances, that the proposed use will substantially impair or diminish property values.
  • Traffic and Pedestrian Safety. Adequate measures have been or will be taken to provide safe pedestrian and vehicular access. 
  • Consistency with Comprehensive Plan. The special use will be designed, located and operated in a manner consistent with the City's comprehensive plan.