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New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)

The City is updating its Zoning Ordinance (Title 28 of the City’s Municipal Code) that establishes the zone classifications, permitted uses in the various zones, development standards and regulations, and the development review process. The zoning regulations affect land use, design, parcel size, building heights, density, setbacks, parking, landscaping, fencing and other aspects of property development and use.

The City’s current Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in 1957, and has been amended many times over the years.  At this time, a comprehensive update is needed to bring it up to date to reflect current uses and practices.

At the end of the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) process, the goal is to have an improved Zoning Ordinance that is:

  • Restructured and easier to understand
  • Modern and current
  • Flexible in administering the code, including staff administrative authority for minor items
  • Responsive to nonconforming situations 


The Council has authorized the hiring of a consultant to assist with the work on developing the NZO.  The consultant team has begun work on the NZO.  The scope and schedule for the project can be viewed under the Reference Documents tab to the right.

Staff and the consultant will meet with the general public, and decision makers on the various topics. These meetings will take place throughout the process, and there will be many opportunities to make comments before a draft NZO is finalized. Specific issues to be covered and the public process will be further developed with the consultant.  It is expected that work on the NZO will culminate with adoption by the City Council in the Spring of 2017.

Upcoming Meetings
Draft Module #3: Administrative Procedures and including Parking Regulations

Draft Module 3: Administration, Parking, and Temporary Uses is comprised of administrative provisions including the procedures, criteria and required findings of staff and the discretionary review authorities, updates to definitions and a new section on rules of measurement. This module also includes a chapter addressing Parking Regulations that was originally programmed for inclusion in Module 2: Development Standards. 

Open House and Community/Planning Commission Public Workshop 

The next Community/Planning Commission workshop hearing will be to review draft Module 3 on Friday, October 14, 2016 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street. Preceding the meeting will be an informal open house with planners and the consultant available to answer questions.

More info to come!

Last Meeting

An NZO Joint Committee public meeting to review Draft Module 3 was held on Monday, August 29, 2016. Information from that meeting can be found at the NZO “Public Meetings” webpage link above.

To Stay Informed

You are encouraged to check this website regularly for information about upcoming meetings and progress on the NZO.

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a "MySB Quick Subscriptions" Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select "New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)" in the Newsletters & Bulletins section.

Your opinion is important. We want to hear from you. Please use this form to provide your feedback and comments.

Project Contact

This work effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in conjunction with a consultant and inter-departmental support.  The project contact is Marck Aguilar, Project Planner.

Get Involved

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a MySB Quick Subscriptions Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select the New Zoning Ordinance Bulletin.

Your opinion is important. We want to hear from you. Please provide your feedback and comments using this convenient comments form.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016