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Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Zoning Regulations Update

Post Date:07/24/2018 3:30 PM

The Zoning Regulations are the key tool used to implement land use policy, as well as circulation policies related to parking management, transit, bicycling, and pedestrian accommodation.

Key revisions made to the Zoning Regulations are as follows:

  1. Restructured the document to improve ease of use
  2. Land use tables simplified to consolidate similar uses (e.g., offices), reflect modern land use practices, and create flexibility over time
  3. Created more objective standards for the review of multi-unit residential development and mixed-use developments (in response to recent State law)
  4. New development standards for the R-1 and R-2 zones to address neighborhood compatibility concerns outlined in LUCE policies 2.12 and 2.13
  5. Revised parking regulations for motor vehicles and bicycles to achieve the City’s 50 percent mode shift objective and to provide more precise shared parking provisions
  6. Codified conditions routinely applied to specific uses (e.g., alcohol establishments, bed and breakfast establishments)
  7. Clarified provisions for mixed-use developments and required usable and purposeful ground-floor commercial space for mixed-use developments
  8. Responded to policy direction from the City Council at the April 10, 2018 study session regarding:
  • how density is calculated
  • regulation of rooftop uses
  • adequacy of alcohol outlet regulations
  • tiny homes on wheels
  • consolidating and streamlining the development review process
  • updating parking regulations


Community Engagement

The update program has included many opportunities for interested persons to share their thoughts about how to implement LUCE policies through the Zoning Regulations and how to address other land use issues of interest to the community. Outreach activities included:

  • Stakeholder and resident interviews during February and March 2017 (more than 50 community members in group and one-on-one sessions)
  • Joint City Council/Planning Commission study session on April 12, 2017
  • Two community workshops (June 3, 2017 and May 3, 2018)
  • Planning Commission working sessions at regularly scheduled meetings since August, 2018
  • City Council study session on April 10, 2018
  • Airport Land Use Commission hearing on May 16, 2018


Next Step

  • City Council hearing on August 21, 2018

Stay Connected - If you would like to be involved, have any questions, or would like to receive continued updates on the project and notifications of project developments including open houses, draft documents, and/or hearings, please sign up for the City's e-notification list and sign up for the groups such as: "Planning and Building" or "Neighborhood Wellness"

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