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. A scope of work to be performed by the consultant will be prepared and reviewed by decision makers. We expect that a consultant team will be chosen, and begin work on the NZO in October 2014.
Staff and the consultant will meet with focus groups, 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.
There are no public meetings scheduled at this time.
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.
To Stay Informed
You are encouraged to check this website regularly for information about upcoming meetings and progress on the NZO.
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