Simplify Zoning Code Langugae

Background: The City’s zoning code is sometimes hard for users to understand, making it difficult to use.

Policy Idea:

  • Simplify zoning regulations. Use diagrams, pictures, and tables in place of text where applicable. Use plain language where text is necessary.

Streamline the Permitting Process

Background: There are many types of permits for land use development. One type is a “conditional use” permit, which has additional permit review for certain kinds of applications. It also requires a higher fee and a longer process for the applicant compared to other types of land use permits. 

Note: Changes the City’s permitting process would require a code amendment, which includes a public process.


Policy Ideas:

  • Streamline the permit process by reducing the number of land uses that must have a conditional use permit.

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  • Learn more about the Commission and submit public comment on the Commission webpage.

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