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Zoning Hearing Examiner

Learn more about the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

The Zoning Hearing Examiner

Robert Lucero, Zoning Hearing Examiner

NOTICE:  Applicants should email the Administrative Assistant ([email protected]) to get the Zoning Hearing Examiner Zoom meeting information (links and phone numbers) that must be included in all notices (email, mail, sign posting).


The Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) conducts monthly quasi-judicial public hearings regarding special exceptions to the Integrated Development Ordinance.

A special exception allows a property to develop in a way that is different from what the zoning of the property allows. Special exceptions include:

  • variances
  • conditional uses
  • expansions of nonconforming uses or structures
  • solar rights permits

After a special exception is filed, all interested parties are given the opportunity to participate in a public hearing. All requests are given due consideration.

The Zoning Hearing Examiner may decide to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the special exception and will issue a Notice of Decision within 15 days after the public hearing. ZHE decisions can be appealed to City Council through the Land Use Hearing Officer.

How to Apply for a Special Exception

General Meeting Information

The Zoning Hearing Examiner hosts hearings on the third Tuesday of each month. Hearings begin promptly at 9 a.m. 

To comment on a current ZHE case, please click here.



​Until further notice, ZHE public hearings will be held via Zoom

If you require an appearance in-person, please contact the ZHE Administrative Assistant at least 7 days prior to the scheduled hearing for updated information:


Updated Zoning Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure

The Planning Department's Online Services System is expanding. Soon, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner, and the Landmarks Commission will join other services currently available on the system.

The new online system will allow you to fill out your application, submit required documents, track application progress, and pay application fees from any computer or mobile device.

Check back for updates.

How-to Resources

Staff Contact

For questions or more information, call Diane Hernandez, ZHE Administrative Assistant at 505-924-3894.