A Community Standards District (CSD) is a special set of zoning rules, which apply only to a certain area of the county. CSDs in the rural areas typically include rules for setbacks, lot sizes, fences and such, intended to preserve the local character.
What is the process to create a CSD?
A CSD must be adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The Department of Regional Planning (DRP) works with the local Town Council and community residents on the contents, holds a community meeting, and presents the proposal to the Regional Planning Commission. All property owners will be sent notice in the mail at least three times. The public, including residents, property owners and anyone else who is interested, has the chance to provide their input every step of the way.
Will the CSD raise property taxes?
A CSD is not an assessment district. Property taxes are generally raised only when improvements are made to private property.
Will the CSD have control over our private property?
A CSD contains rules about how property should be developed. It does not dictate whether property may or may not be developed, or govern the buying and selling of private property.
Does a CSD take away the rights of property owners?
A CSD does not take away the rights of an owner to develop his or her property. A CSD contains rules about how property should be developed.
Will the CSD restrict the number of houses
we can have on our property?
General Plans and zoning regulations determine the number of housing units which are allowed on any given property. A CSD will not change those numbers.
Will the CSD stop all garage sales?
No. There are no rules in the proposed CSD related to garage sales.