Chapter 18.01


18.01.010    Objectives of this title.

18.01.020    Nature of this title.

18.01.030    Interpretation.

18.01.040    Applicability.

18.01.050    Districts established.

18.01.060    Consistency of this title with Dixon General Plan.

18.01.070    District boundary determinations.

18.01.080    References to zoning ordinance.

18.01.010 Objectives of this title.

This title is adopted to protect and promote public health, safety, peace, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare. More specifically, this title is adopted in order to achieve the following objectives:

A. To provide a guide for the physical development of the City and to achieve the land uses depicted in the General Plan land use diagram and to foster implementation of other goals and policies of the General Plan dealing with land use, urban design, environmental protection, and public health and safety.

B. To foster a harmonious, convenient, workable relationship among land uses.

C. To promote the stability of existing land uses which conform with the General Plan and to protect them from inharmonious influences and harmful intrusions.

D. To ensure that public and private lands ultimately are used for the purposes which are most appropriate and most beneficial from the standpoint of the City.

E. To prevent excessive population densities and overcrowding of the land with structures.

F. To promote a safe, effective traffic circulation system.

G. To foster the provision of adequate off-street parking and truck-loading facilities.

H. To facilitate the appropriate location of community facilities and institutions.

I. To promote commercial and industrial activities in order to strengthen the City’s tax base.

J. To protect and enhance real property values.

K. To safeguard and enhance the appearance of the City.

L. To assist in meeting the housing needs of Dixon. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.020 Nature of this title.

A. This title shall consist of a zoning map designating certain districts and a set of regulations controlling the uses of land; the density of population; the uses and locations of structures; the open spaces about structures; the appearance of certain uses and structures; the areas and dimensions of sites; the location, size and illumination of signs; and requiring the provision of off-street parking and off-street loading facilities.

B. The provisions of this title shall not be deemed or construed to repeal, amend, modify, alter or change any other ordinance or any other part thereof not specifically repealed, amended, modified, altered or changed herein. When provisions of this title are more restrictive than other ordinances or parts, this title shall be applicable. When this title is not more restrictive, each such other ordinance shall remain in force and effect.

C. Except as otherwise specifically provided, no provision of this title shall be construed as relieving any party to whom a use permit, variance or zoning permit is issued from any other provision of State or Federal law or from any provision, ordinance, rule or regulation of the City requiring a license, franchise or permit to accomplish, engage in, carry on or maintain a particular business, enterprise, occupation, transaction or use. However, no such license, franchise or permit shall be issued until there is compliance with the provisions of this title.

D. This title is not intended to abrogate, annul, impair or interfere with any deed restriction, covenant, easement or other agreement between parties; provided, that where this title imposes a greater restriction on the use of land or structures or the height or bulk of structures, or requires greater open spaces about structures or greater areas or dimensions of sites than are imposed or required by deed restriction, covenant, easement or other agreement, this title shall control. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.030 Interpretation.

In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this title shall be held to be minimum requirements. The Planning Commission shall have the power to hear and decide appeals when it is alleged by the appellant that there is an error in any order, requirement, permit, decision or determination made by the Planning Director in the enforcement or administration of this title.

Such appeal shall be processed as described in Chapter 18.40 DMC. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.040 Applicability.

This title shall apply to all property except public streets, whether owned by private persons, firms, corporations or organizations; by the United States of America or any of its agencies; by the State or any of its agencies or political subdivisions; by any city or county, including the City of Dixon or any of its agencies; or by any authority or district organized under the laws of the State. Such applicability shall be to the full extent that it may now or hereafter be enforceable in connection with the activities of any public agency or organization. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.050 Districts established.

The zoning districts or classifications established by this title shall be as follows:


Temporarily Unclassified District


Agricultural Districts


One (1) Family Districts











Multiple-Family Districts



RM1, RM2, RM3, RM4


Professional and Administrative Office District


Neighborhood Commercial District


Downtown Commercial District


Community Commercial District


Highway Commercial District


Planned Mixed Use District





Planned Multiple Residential District


Commercial Service District


Light Industrial District


Heavy Industrial District


Public Service District


Planned Development District


Assembly Use District

[Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 §§ 2(1), (2).]

18.01.060 Consistency of this title with Dixon General Plan.

All actions, approvals and procedures taken in regard to this title shall be consistent with the Dixon General Plan. In the event this title becomes inconsistent with the Dixon General Plan by reason of the adoption of a new plan, or by amendment of the existing plan or any of its elements, this title shall be amended within a reasonable time so that it is consistent with the newly adopted plan or remains consistent with the existing plan as amended. Accordingly, all amendments to this title shall be consistent with the Dixon General Plan. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.070 District boundary determinations.

Wherever any uncertainty exists as to the boundary of a district as shown on the zoning map, the following regulations shall control:

A. Where a boundary line is indicated as following a street or alley, it shall be construed as following the right-of-way line thereof.

B. Where a boundary line follows or coincides approximately with a lot line or a property ownership line, it shall be construed as following the lot line or property ownership line.

C. Where a boundary line is not indicated as following a street or alley and does not follow or coincide approximately with a lot line or property ownership line, the boundary line shall be determined by the use of the scale designated on the zoning map.

D. Where further uncertainty exists, the City Planning Commission, upon written application or on its own motion, shall determine the location of the boundary in question, giving due consideration to the location indicated on the zoning map and the objectives of this title and the purposes set forth in the district regulations. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]

18.01.080 References to zoning ordinance.

All references to “zoning ordinance” within the Dixon Municipal Code, or in any other ordinance of the City of Dixon, shall be interpreted to mean this title. [Ord. 13-008 § 2; Ord. 13-009 § 2(1).]