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Zoning Code Amendments and Updates

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Since the adoption of the 2010 General Plan, the City has been focusing its zoning efforts on the implementation of new or updated zoning text amendments to maintain consistency between the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The City is now considering a multi-year process to update remaining portions of the Zoning Ordinance. 

In working with the Zoning Ordinance on a day-to-day basis and answering the public's questions, staff has identified issues that would benefit from additional clarity or refined regulations. This update process will address topics and issues of importance to the community, in conjunction with appropriate public outreach. 

Phase 4 - Use Tables

On August 21, 2018, staff presented possible topics and issues for zoning code cleanups. One of these issues was creating use tables. Currently, the Zoning Ordinance separately lists permitted uses by zoning district. This can be a challenging format if you are looking for a business location, as you would have to search 24 separate articles for use permissions. Staff could create comprehensive use tables, that use consistent terms and allow for easy understanding about permitted and unpermitted uses. 

On January 11, 2019, staff will bring the first phase of the effort to Planning Commission with an example of Residential Use tables. This cleanup involves amending, adding or removing definitions as needed, creating Use Tables, and cleaning up terms throughout the code. 

Phase 3 - Level of Review Authority amendments and reorganization of permit sections

On February 22, 2016, the City Council directed staff to consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Downtown Precise Plan to amend the level of review authority for certain projects. This phase will also include a reorganization of permit sections, with consolidation of common procedural requirements in a single article. 

This item is being considered by the Planning Commission at their Tuesday, October 18, 2016 public hearing, and is tentatively scheduled for final Council review and adoption on Monday, November 21, 2016. 

Phase 2 - Updating CN Zoning District uses, clarifying zoning requirements for massage, arbors, and miscellaneous cleanup

The second phase of zoning amendments included clarifying the massage ordinance, and updating uses allowed in the Commercial Neighborhood District, among other changes. See the public notice for a summary.  This item was considered by Planning Commission at their April 5, 2016 hearing and was approved by City Council on Monday, May 23, 2016. This ordinance will be effective July 13, 2016. 

Phase 1 - Remove outdated language, miscellaneous procedural and wording, and reorganizing sections relating to site improvements

The first phase of zoning amendments included removing outdated language for zoning districts that no longer exist, temporary fireworks sales which are no longer allowed, and similar language. There was also miscellaneous procedural and wording cleanup as well as a reorganization of sections relating to site improvements for residential properties. The amendments were adopted by City Council on July 27, 2015