Special Exceptions are used by the Planning Commission to approve uses on a case-by-case basis. To approve a special exception, the Planning Commission must deem that the application meets all of the Special Exception Criteria. This is due to the fact that uses that are labeled as "special exceptions" have the potential to negatively affect other land uses. Additionally, the special exception process is used to control nonconforming ("grandfathered") uses. When seeking to change, alter, reestablish or repair a nonconforming use,a special exception must be approved. Click here to view the section controlling nonconforming uses.