Chapter 9.54
Resource Conservation


9.54.010    Purpose

9.54.020    Applicability

9.54.030    Energy Conservation Standard

9.54.040    References to Additional City Resource Conservation Standards

9.54.050    Construction Materials Recycling

9.54.010 Purpose

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish additional standards that improve energy conservation and minimize solid waste disposal in new development.

A.    This Chapter provides standards to assist new development in achieving the conservation of community resources. This Chapter also provides cross-references to other sections of this Land Use Code that address resource conservation issues in relation to the topics of those regulations (e.g., subdivision design, exterior lighting, etc.).

B.    This Land Use Code includes a variety of standards, in addition to those in, or referenced in this Chapter, that interact to implement resource conservation goals. These standards provide for: development that is mixed use and walkable; housing for diverse family types (including second units); and the preservation of habitat, wetlands, and other environmental resources.

C.    Collectively, the resource conservation standards of this Land Use Code are intended to reduce per capita energy consumption, and its contributions to global greenhouse gas production, potable water consumption and resulting wastewater production, and solid waste production.

9.54.020 Applicability

The provisions of this Chapter apply to all proposed development including new construction and demolition projects.

9.54.030 Energy Conservation Standard

Each new structure shall be designed and constructed to achieve a minimum of 15 percent greater energy efficiency than otherwise required by the current California Code of Regulations, Title 24. Remodeling or other alterations to an existing structure shall require that the entire structure be brought into compliance with this requirement only if the proposed extent of change to the existing structure is sufficient that the Building Code would otherwise require that the entire structure comply with all applicable current Building Code requirements.

9.54.040 References to Additional City Resource Conservation Standards

The following table identifies standards established by other Chapters of the Municipal Code that provide for the conservation of energy and/or other community resources.

Resource Issue

Topic of Land Use Code Regulation

Code Section


Energy conservation

Outdoor lighting - General lighting standards


Outdoor lighting - Service stations



Sign lighting



Subdivision design - Lot orientation



Recycling and solid waste source reduction

Recycling facility standards


Solid waste/recyclable materials storage



Solar access protection

Landscaping - Selection and placement


Solar siting and solar access



Energy conservation through reduced automobile travel

Bicycle parking


Live/work units



Mixed use projects



Use of wind energy

Windmills for electricity generation


Water conservation

Landscaping - water waste prohibited


9.54.050 Construction Materials Recycling

A.    Applicability. All construction and demolition projects shall provide for the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste materials in compliance with this Section, except that alterations to an existing residential structure that do not require that the entire structure be brought up to current Building Code standards are exempt.

B.    Waste Management Plan required. All Building, Grading, and Demolition Permit applications shall include a Construction Waste Management Plan. The plan shall include the following information.

1.    Analysis of waste. An analysis and estimate of the types and amount of waste to be generated.

2.    Landfill options. The name and location of the landfills to be used for the disposal of the materials and the projected costs of landfill disposal.

3.    Alternatives to disposal. A list of the materials to be salvaged, recycled, or reused during the project; the proposed market for each material; projected revenue from the sale of the materials, if any, and estimated costs. Materials to be recycled, reused, or salvaged should include asphalt, bricks, cardboard, concrete, dimensional wood, drywall, glass (windows, mirrors), green and wood waste from land clearing, metals (from banding, stud trim, ductwork, pipes, rebar, steel, iron, plumbing fittings, aluminum, zinc, copper, brass, and bronze), paint, plastics.

4.    Materials handling procedures. A description of the means by which materials to be recycled or reused will be handled, source separated, etc., in preparation for acceptance by the designated facilities.

5.    Transportation. A description of how materials will be transported, whether self-hauled to designated centers or collected by a waste hauler.

C.    Timing of approval. No Building, Grading, or Demolition Permit shall be issued by the City until the Director of Environmental Services has approved the Construction Waste Management Plan. The permittee may request and the Director may approve changes to the Waste Management Plan during the course of construction or demolition activities if unforeseen circumstances arise.

D.    Final report. Prior to final building inspection or issuance of a certificate of occupancy, the permittee shall submit to the City and receive approval of a final recycling report which documents to the satisfaction of the Director of Environmental Services that the construction and/or demolition waste materials generated by the project were recycled in compliance with the approved Waste Management Plan.