Looking for the Unified Development Code?
The Unified Development Code was adopted on July 16, 2018. It replaces portions of Chapter 47 and all of Chapters 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, and 104 as well as the Land Development Regulations.
Download and print a copy of the UDC here: Chapter 55 Unified Development Code (PDF)
The information below is provided as archive information of past work, and is not being updated on a regular basis.
ZORO: A project to clarify and reorganize the Zoning Ordinance and ten other development-related Ordinances
City Council adopted Chapter 55, The Unified Development Code, on
July 16, 2018 through passage of Ordinance 18-08 (PDF).
The City's land use and development ordinances and regulations
are scattered among 10 different chapters of the City Code. Each chapter
was prepared and adopted independently and resulted in a sometimes confusing,
hard to follow format with inadvertent repetition and slight inconsistencies.
The most-referenced chapter, the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 55), was
drafted 45 years ago and has been sporadically, incrementally updated
The complete problem statement,
project goals, scope of work, leadership team and project schedule are found in the
ZORO Project Plan (PDF). The Diagnosis and Annotated Outline (pdf) describes concerns of the current city codes related to land use and development and proposes a detailed outline of a single new, clarified, reorganized, consolidated chapter.
The 10 development-related chapters of the City Code were:
47 (Streets and Curb Cuts)
- Chapter 56 (Prohibited Land Uses)
57 (Subdivision and Land Use Regulations, and the attached Land
59 (Off-Street Parking)
60 (Wetlands Preservation)
61 (Signs and Outdoor Advertising)
62 (Landscaping and Screening)
63 (Soil Erosion, Sedimentation Control and Storm Water Management)
The ZORO Project is the second step of a multi-step City
initiative to consolidate and update land use plans and codes.
In Step 1, the four area master plans (Central Area, Northeast Area, South Area
and West Area) were consolidated into a single document. The Master Plan: Land
Use Element was adopted by the City Planning Commission on May 5, 2009 and by
the City Council on November 4, 2009.
In Step 2, the development-related chapters of the City Code will be reviewed
and revised to improve navigation, address minor inconsistencies, and enhance
user-friendliness: the ZORO Project.
In Step 3, the Master Plan: Land Use Element may be reviewed for relevancy and
appropriateness of its land use recommendations and planning principles.
Updating the Plan and broadly applying its recommendations and principles will
be much easier because of the consolidation that occurred in Step 1.
In Step 4, the development-related chapters of the City Code, as revised, may
be reviewed for changes that reflect and implement the changes to the Master
Plan that were identified and made in Step 3. The work done as part of the ZORO
Project in Step 2 will make this task significantly easier and more
Last updated 4/29/2019