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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 has been undertaken 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 

In 2014, the City hired a consultant to assist with development of the NZO.  Between May 2015 and October 2016, three draft modules (1. Use Regulations; 2. Development Standards; and 3. Administration, Parking and Temporary Uses) were reviewed by the NZO Joint Committee (two Councilmembers and three Planning Commissioners) and the Planning Commission. The scope and schedule for the project can be viewed under the Reference Documents tab to the right.


The Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) has been released for public review!

Upcoming Meetings Draft New Zoning Ordinance

Informal open houses will be hosted by the Planning Division on February 18 and February 23, 2017 where planners will be available to answer questions about the Draft Ordinance.  

Planning Commission hearings on the Draft Ordinance are scheduled for March 2 and March 9, 2017.  An additional Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017.

For the location and times of these events, or to download the staff report and exhibits, click on the Public Meetings webpage link (right column, above).

It is expected that work on the NZO will culminate with adoption by the City Council in the summer of 2017. 

Last Meeting


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.

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: Mar 30, 2017