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.
Draft New Zoning Ordinance
The three draft modules (1. Use Regulations; 2. Development Standards; and 3. Administration, Parking and Temporary Uses) will be combined into a Draft Ordinance to be released in early to mid January 2017.
Open House and Planning Commission Hearings
Informal open houses will be hosted by the Planning Division in early February 2017 where planners will be available to answer questions about the Draft Ordinance. Planing Commission hearings on the Draft Ordinance are scheduled for mid February. Check the Public Meetings webpage link (right column, above) for dates and locations.
A Planning Commission public workshop/hearing to review Draft Module 3: Administration, Parking and Temporary Uses, was held on Friday, October 14, 2016. Information from that meeting can be found at the NZO "Public Meetings" webpage link (right column 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.
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.