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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

No meetings are currently scheduled.

NZO Joint Committee

Technical oversight of the NZO will be at the direction of the NZO Joint Committee, comprised of two Councilmembers and three Planning Commissioners.

The last meeting of the NZO Joint Committee was held on October 30, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting was to kick-off the project.

To review the agenda packet for this item Click here
To review the notes of the meeting Click here.

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 account, scroll down to the My Notifications section and select "New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)" in the Other Notifications area.

Your opinion is important. We want to hear from you. Please 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 Beatriz Gularte, Project Planner.

Get Involved

Stay Informed

  • Public Meetings
  • Reference Documents
  • On October 14, 2014 the Council granted approval for the Community Development Director to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Dyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional Planners, in an amount not to exceed $199,910, for planning consultant services to prepare the City’s new Zoning Ordinance. To review the Council Agenda Report for this item click here.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2014