Chapter 14-08


14-08.010    Zoning Map: Adoption.

14-08.020    Zoning district boundaries.

14-08.030    Replacement of the Zoning Map.

14-08.040    District boundaries.

14-08.050    Adoption of the Land Use Classification Code System.

14-08.060    Exceptions to land use classifications.

14-08.070    Designation of Environmental Management Districts.

14-08.010 Zoning Map: Adoption.

The Zoning Map or maps and all amendments thereto, together with all the notations, references, data, and other information shown thereon, are hereby and shall hereafter be adopted and made a part of this title. The Zoning Map shall govern the administration and enforcement of all regulations, the classification of land to districts, and the issuance of all permits. The Zoning Map or maps, properly attested, shall be placed and remain on file in the office of the City Clerk, and a copy shall be retained in the office of the Planning Department. The designations, locations, and boundaries of the zoning districts set forth in this title shall be shown on the Zoning Map or maps of the City.

Zoning Map (PDF -- 1.36 MB)

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)

14-08.020 Zoning district boundaries.

All areas within the corporate limits of the City, whether land or water, public or private, shall be considered to be zoned and shall lie within the boundaries of a zoning district.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)

14-08.030 Replacement of the Zoning Map.

In the event the official Zoning Map becomes damaged, destroyed, or lost, the Commission shall cause to be prepared a new official Zoning Map, which shall be adopted by ordinance under the procedures established for the adoption of an amendment to this title.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)

14-08.040 District boundaries.

Unless otherwise shown on the Zoning Map, the district boundary lines are the property lines abutting streets, alleys, blocks, or property lines or as otherwise clearly indicated. Where uncertainty exists as to the boundaries of any district as shown on the Zoning Map, the following rules shall apply:

(a)    Whenever the district boundary is indicated as abutting a street, alley or approximately the center line of a block, or along a property line, then, unless otherwise definitely indicated on the Zoning Map, the property line abutting such street, alley or block, or such property line shall be construed to be the boundary of such district.

(b)    Wherever the boundary line of such district is indicated as being approximately at the line of any river, irrigation canal, or other waterway, or railroad right-of-way, or public land, or any section line, then in such case the center of such stream, canal, or waterway, or of such railroad right-of-way, or the boundary line of such public land, or such section line shall be deemed to be the boundary of such district.

(c)    Where the location of a district boundary line as determined by the rules set forth in subsections (a) and (b) of this section is not indicated by dimensions or contour elevations, such boundaries shall be located by the use of the scale appearing on the Zoning Map.

(d)    Where the application of the rule set forth in subsection (c) of this section does not clarify the district boundary location, the Zoning Administrator shall interpret the map, and by written decision determine the location of the district boundary, and shall so advise the Commission and Council of such decision.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)

14-08.050 Adoption of the Land Use Classification Code System.

The Land Use Classification Code System is hereby adopted to facilitate the identification of various land uses and to establish by category, unless otherwise excepted, those land uses which are permissible within a zoning district. Those land uses which are not included as permissible shall be excluded within a zoning district. A Land Use Classification Manual shall be adopted by resolution of the Council to establish the Land Use Coding System.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)

14-08.060 Exceptions to land use classifications.

Any other land use or service establishment determined by the Planning Director to be of the same general character as uses allowed within a district, which use or establishment will not impair the present or potential use of adjacent properties or be inconsistent with the purpose of the district and the classified land uses, may be approved by Administrative Use Permit.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980; as amended by § 1, Ord. 963-94 C-M, eff. October 27, 1994)

14-08.070 Designation of Environmental Management Districts.

The Environmental Management Districts as provided in Chapter 14-16 of this title consist of the following:


Exclusive Agricultural District


Interim Agricultural District


Open Space District (Privately-Owned Lands)


Historical Preservation District


Special Condition District


Floodway and Primary Flood Plain District


Secondary Flood Plain District


Seismic Safety Districts


Hillside District

The districts set forth in this section may be combined with any district consistent with the provisions of this title.

The purpose of the Environmental Management Districts is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to manage natural environmental resources in certain selected areas having significant and critical natural resource values for purposes as follows:

(a)    Minimize cut, fill, earth moving, grading operations, and other such man-made effects on the natural terrain;

(b)    Minimize storm water runoff and soil erosion problems caused by the use of natural terrain for proposed developments;

(c)    Regulate the use of areas with a high potential for liquefaction;

(d)    Regulate the use of areas subject to inundation by the 100-year flood in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws;

(e)    Preserve riparian areas through the regulation of development near the edges of lakes, streams, rivers, or sloughs;

(f)    Minimize fire hazard by regulating development in areas of steep canyons and arroyos;

(g)    Encourage developments which utilize the desirable, existing features of land, such as its natural vegetation and wildlife climatic characteristics, scenic amenities, and geologic and archaeological features, including any other features which preserve the land’s significant natural resources and contribute to maintaining the landscape within the City; and

(h)    Provide for the maintenance of those agricultural lands which have a high level of soil fertility.

(Ord. 506-80 C-M, eff. September 11, 1980)