Chapter 17.18


17.18.010    Intent.

17.18.020    Permitted uses.

17.18.030    Conditional uses.

17.18.040    Minimum property development standards.

17.18.010 Intent.

The general agricultural zone is intended to provide areas with large parcels that are conducive to growing crops and the keeping of farm animals and poultry for the production of milk, wool, eggs, and other farm products. This zone is also intended to permit limited commercial and light industrial activities that support agriculture or are connected to the agricultural industry. Examples of such uses would include tractor repair shops and welding shops. This zone is not intended to permit feed lots, slaughterhouses, rendering plants, and other uses that: (A) create offensive odors; (B) attract large numbers of insects; or (C) create quantities of dust on a daily basis. (Ord. 472 § 3, 2010; Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.18.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses allowed in the A-1 agricultural zone are set forth in Table 17.18-1. (Ord. 472 § 3, 2010; Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.18.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses allowed in the A-1 zone, subject to the conditional use permit regulations, are set forth in Table 17.18-1.

Table 17.18-1

A-1 Agricultural Zone
– Permitted and Conditional Uses 


Permitted Use

Conditional Use1

Single-family homes and mobile homes subject to the density limits contained in the general plan


Farm worker housing, consisting of no more than 36 beds in group quarters or 12 units or spaces each designed for use by a single family or household


Growing and harvesting of agricultural crops


Farm animals and poultry for the production of farm products, such as milk and eggs (excluding feed lots, slaughterhouses, rendering plants and similar offensive uses)


Orchards and nurseries


Commercial and light industrial uses which support or are connected to the agricultural industry.

The following uses are permitted:

1. Tractor and other farm implement repair and/or service shops

2. Welding shops which repair agricultural equipment

3. Agricultural equipment sales offices and display yards for the sale of farm equipment

4. Commercial fruit stands and other stands which sell agricultural products to the general public

Other commercial and light industrial uses which are agriculturally related and compatible with surrounding uses are:

1. Accessory buildings and structures

2. Home occupations as provided in the home occupation regulations


Churches, temples or other places used exclusively for religious worship


Communications equipment buildings


Country clubs


Golf courses


Electric distribution substations, including microwave facilities


Fire stations






Police stations


Schools, through grade 12, accredited, including appurtenant facilities, which offer instruction required to be taught in the public schools by the Education Code of the State of California, but excluding trade or commercial schools


Service stations/convenience stores


Storage, temporary, of materials and construction equipment used in construction or maintenance of streets and highways, sewers, storm drains, underground conduits, flood control works, pipelines and similar uses


Day care centers


1    These uses shall be permitted subject to a conditional use permit.

(Ord. 472 § 3, 2010; Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.18.040 Minimum property development standards.

The following development standards set forth in Table 17.18-2 shall apply to all land and buildings in the A-1 agricultural zone, except that any lot or parcel depicted on an official subdivision map or parcel map that is duly approved and recorded, or any lot or parcel for which a bona fide deed has been duly recorded prior to December 1991, may be used as a building site as further provided in this title.

Table 17.18-2

A-1 Agricultural Zone
– Minimum Property Development Standards 

Development Standards

A-1 Agricultural Zone

Minimum lot area1

10 acres

Maximum density2

1 dwelling unit/legal lot or parcel

Maximum lot coverage by buildings and structures

10 percent

Maximum building height

35 feet or two stories

Minimum distance between buildings

10 feet

Minimum lot width

375 feet

Minimum lot depth

900 feet

Minimum front yard requirement

100 feet

Minimum side yard requirement

25 feet

Minimum rear yard requirement

75 feet

1    Pre-existing legal lots or parcels are exempt from this minimum.

2    Farm worker housing is exempt from this maximum density.

(Ord. 472 § 3, 2010; Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).