New Zoning Ordinance
PlanDSM, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and GuideDSM, the City Council’s Strategic Plan, identify the need for a new zoning code as a top priority. The Public Hearing Draft for a new Chapter 134 (Zoning) and new Chapter 135 (Planning and Design), as posted here on the website, are the result of over three years of work that has included initial code drafting, an extended public comment period, review and discussion by staff of all public comments, and preparation of a revised code by the consultant team and staff.
As the first comprehensive rewrite of the City's zoning ordinance since 1965, the Public Hearing Draft Ordinance continues to implement the policies of PlanDSM by preserving and enhancing the existing character of the City's neighborhoods; emphasizing urban design and quality development; providing a more user friendly format; and providing greater predictability in development for neighborhoods and developers.
Nearly six months of public hearing processes remain before the new code can become effective. Chapter 134 (Zoning) and Chapter 135 (Planning and Design) can be amended in the future as community priorities change.
Individual sections of the Proposed Zoning, Planning, and Design Ordinance can be downloaded below.
Chapter 134: Zoning
Chapter 135: Planning and Design