Requests for a code interpretation, including but not limited to similar use determinations, shall be made in writing to the Staff Advisor and shall be processed as follows:
A. The Staff Advisor within 30 days of the inquiry shall respond in writing to person making the inquiry indicating whether additional information or a formal application is required.
B. Where an application for a formal interpretation is required, the Staff Advisor shall determine whether the request will be processed through a Ministerial or Type I review process. Where the interpretation does not involve the exercise of discretion, the application shall be processed using the Ministerial procedure in section 18.5.1.040; and where an interpretation requires discretion, the application shall be processed using the Type I procedure in section 18.5.1.050. When a code interpretation using the Type I procedure is called up for review, the Planning Commission, following the Type II procedure in section 18.5.1.060, shall have the authority to modify the interpretation based on the criteria in section 18.1.5.030.
C. At a minimum, an application for code interpretation shall include a letter citing the nature and reasons for the request, and, as required, a City fee. The Staff Advisor then shall review relevant background information, including but not limited to other relevant ordinance sections and previous City land use decisions.