General Plan/Zoning Consistency Program

Overview
In parallel with the City’s General Plan Update, the City is preparing a series of amendments to its Zoning Code and other portions of the Municipal Code.  The Zoning Consistency Program is intended to provide consistency between the Municipal Code and the forthcoming General Plan Update.

Zoning is the regulation of land use and development standards (e.g., building setback and height, parking, landscaping, signage).  To accomplish this, the Zoning Code divides the City into a series of zones, which are illustrated on the Zoning Map.  The Municipal Code is the book of laws and regulations adopted by the City.  In accordance with State law it must be consistent with the City’s General Plan.

  Upcoming Open House

A public open house on the Zoning Map revisions is scheduled for December 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. If you have a property included in the Zoning Map update, please consider attending this open house to learn more about the proposed changes.

View the Proposed Changes

What Is Included
The Zoning Consistency Program includes the following components:
  • Updates to the Zoning Code (Title 23): Various amendments to the Zoning Code are proposed, both to the text and map.
    • Text revisions include the addition of new mixed use zones, updates to various permit types, and updates to the list of what uses or activities may occur in each zoning district.  More information on the text revisions is available here.
    • Map revisions including the rezoning of various properties for consistency with changes to the Land Use Map in the General Plan.  More information on the map revisions is available here

  • Update to Section 22.110.040 (Roadway Network Design):This revision provides an alternative maximum length standard for cul-de-sacs in the Rural Area.  More information on the text revisions is available here.
  • Updates to Title 6, Chapter 32, Noise: This chapter of the Municipal Code regulates noise in the City.  It sets the method for measuring noise, maximum allowed noise levels (consistent with the General Plan), and provides exemptions for certain activities (e.g., residential yard maintenance). More information on the text revisions is available here.
  • Repeal of various older plans. The City inherited various planning documents from the County of Sacramento at incorporation in 2000.Some of these plans are for new development areas that have since built out, while others inconsistent with the vision outlined in the General Plan Update.  To address these issues, the City intends to repeal the following plans.

  • East Elk Grove Specific Plan – This specific plan will be repealed and properties rezoned into a new overlay district, which will maintain the unique standards used to develop the area.  The General Plan Update will retain the development limits provided in the Specific Plan today.  There are no net changes to the area.  The current East Elk Grove Specific Plan is available online here.
  • East Franklin Specific Plan - This specific plan will be repealed and properties rezoned into a new overlay district, which will maintain the unique standards used to develop the area.  There are no net changes to the area.  The current East Franklin Specific Plan is available online here
  • Laguna Community/Floodplain SPA – This special planning area will be repealed and the properties rezoned into appropriate zoning districts consistent with the General Plan.  The current Laguna Community/Floodplain SPA is available online here.
  • Laguna Gateway Special Planning Area - This special planning area will be repealed and the properties rezoned into appropriate zoning districts consistent with the General Plan.  The current Laguna Gateway Special Planning Area is available online here.
  • Calvine Road/Highway 99 SPA - This special planning area will be repealed and properties rezoned into a new overlay district, which will maintain the unique standards used to develop the area.  There are no net changes to the area.  The current Calvine Road/Highway 99 SPA is available online here.

  • Plan Amendments.  Some existing area plans will be updated for consistency with the General Plan Update.  This includes the following:
  • Elk Grove-Florin and Bond Roads SPA – This special planning area will be updated for consistency with the General Plan Update.  Revisions to the Elk Grove-Florin and Bond Roads SPA are available to review here.
  • Laguna Ridge Specific Plan – This specific plan will be updated to add a new mixed use zone, update some of the development regulations and allowed uses for consistency with the rest of the Zoning Code, and reflect the current state of development in the area.  Revisions to the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan will be available soon.

Schedule

The City intends to bring the Zoning Consistency Program forward for Planning Commission and City Council consideration in early 2019.  For email updates, please subscribe to the General Plan Update mailing list here.

A public open house on the Zoning Map revisions is scheduled for December 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers.  If you have a property included in the Zoning Map update, please consider attending this open house to learn more about the proposed changes. 

For More Information

For more information about the Zoning Consistency Program, contact:

Christopher Jordan, AICP
Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation
cjordan@elkgrovecity.org
916-478-2222

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