Zoning Regulations Update

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Zoning Regulations are intended to guide the development of the city in an orderly manner, based on the adopted general plan, to protect and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment, and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare by regulating the use of land and buildings and the location and basic form of structures.

Zoning Regulations Update Kicks Off
During the initial stage of the project a detailed schedule, logistics, plans for public outreach and engagement, and data needs will be identified and prepared. During the entire process, staff is committed to keeping residents, the Planning Commission, and the City Council up to date on progress, and aware of the opportunities available to provide input and to participate in collaborative public meetings.

The Zoning Regulations Update is focused on -and budgeted for-implementation of the policies and programs in the General Plan's Land Use and Circulation Elements (LUCE). The update also provides an opportunity to incorporate best practices and to address deficiencies identified by staff in working with the document daily. In total, the schedule of the project is expected to stretch out over the course of one year, with adoption planned for early 2018.

Open House June 3, 2017
At the open house, the City will presented ideas for updating the Zoning Regulations as a result of the analysis of the existing regulations, the City's needs, the resident and stakeholder interviews, and discussions from the joint study session by the Planning Commission and the City Council. The open house will included a Tiny Houses Presentation and participation booths to provide the opportunity to comment on key subject areas.

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"

The Scope of Work

The scope of work for the Zoning Regulations Update includes the following items that may be of particular interest to the Council and community.

LUCE Implementation

  • Consider new regulations to address neighborhood compatibility for infill development (Program 2.13)
  • Evaluate student housing preferences and consider revising development standards to better meet them in multifamily housing near campus (Program 2.11.1)
  • Adopt special development standards for dwellings in downtown residential areas (Policy 2.8, Program 2.12)
  • Evaluate alternatives to the current maximum number of dwellings units and height, parking, and setback standards, to regulate residential building intensity (Program 2.15)
  • Evaluate the potential to use portions of City-owned parking facilities for residents’ parking (Program 2.16)

Other Features of the Update

  • Reorganize the Zoning Regulations for simplicity and modernize for current and emerging conditions, and as necessary to meet new State requirements
  • Update Parking Standards (Table 6)
  • Update Land Use Table (Table 9)
  • Review existing “S” (Special Considerations) Overlay Zones
  • Update Land Use Definitions
  • Work with Cal Poly on a possible partnership to establish a form-based code in certain locations
Get Involved!

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 workshops, 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" or contact either Doug Davidson, Deputy Director at 805-781-7177, or by e-mail: ddavidson@slocity.org or contact Kyle Bell, Associate Planner at 805-781-7524, or by e-mail: kbell@slocity.org

Hard copy correspondence can be sent to the following address:

Zoning Regulations Update
Attn: Doug Davidson, Deputy Director
Community Development Department
919 Palm Street
City of San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3218