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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 Fall of 2016.

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

Draft Module #3: Administrative Procedures will address administrative procedures, criteria and required findings of the discretionary review authorities, updates to definitions, and a new section on rules of measurement. Module 3 also includes parking regulations which were originally programmed for Module 2: Development Standards.

NZO Joint Committee Public Meeting 

The next NZO Joint Committee public meeting will be to review Draft Module #3 on Monday, August 29, 2016. The meeting time is 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be held at the Louise Lowry Davis Center (Lu Gilbert Room) at 1232 De la Vina Street. The staff report and Module #3 will be released the week of August 15th and when those documents become available, an eBulletin will be issued.

Last Meeting

An NZO public workshop/open house and Planning Commission meeting to review and hear comments on Module 2: Development Standards (not including Parking Standards), was held on March 18, 2016.

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: Jul 28, 2016