Zoning Alerts: California

City of San Clemente

San Clemente Centennial General Plan

By Matthew Player

April 28, 2013

Thursday night, the City of San Clemente will hold a meeting to discuss the draft environmental report for the package of zoning and land use decisions that will govern the city's future.

The city Thursday night will take public comments on the environmental report for its new general plan, set for adoption later this year.

The San Clemente Centennial General Plan would allow development of up to 3,585 additional dwellings and up to 2,981,980 additional square feet of non-residential floor area, for total of up to 29,567 residential dwelling units, 4,428,332 square feet of retail use, 8,834,447 square feet of office use, 2,981,980 square feet of industrial use, and 1,894,695 square feet institutional use.

Proposed changes in land use and/or land use intensity are located predominantly in eight (8) “focus areas:” Camino de Estrella/Camino de Los Mares, Rancho San Clemente Business Park, Los Molinos, North Beach/North El Camino Real, Del Mar/T-Zone, Pier Bowl, South El Camino Real Area (West of Interstate 5), and South El Camino Real (East of Interstate 5).

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The City of Stanton

Comprehensive Zoning Code Update

By Matthew Player

April 28, 2013

The City of Stanton is in the process of completing a comprehensive update to its Zoning Code. On April 11, 2013, a Public Review Draft of the Zoning Code was released. The Public Comment Period for the document will remain open until May 15, 2013.

The Zoning Code update carries out the polices of the Stanton General Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land and structures within the City, consistent with the General Plan. The purpose of the Zoning Code is to provide standards and guidelines to ensure the City's continuing orderly growth and development and to assist in protecting its character and community identity. The Zoning Code update brings in a new Zoning Map.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on May 15, 2013 and the City Council will hold a public hearing on May 28, 2013.

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City of Mill Valley

Draft MV 2040 General Plan Available for Public Review

By Matthew Payer

April 28, 2013

After months of meetings and discussion, the city of Mill Valley has a new draft General Plan. The General Plan Advisory Committee will review the draft plan at is meeting May 2 before sending it on to the Planning Commission, and ultimately, the City Council for public hearings and adoption.

State law requires that a General Plan contain seven chapters - called "Elements" - that address the topics of Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Safety, Conservation, Open Space and Noise.

The Draft Housing Element within the General Plan concludes that based on the California state housing requirements for the 2014-2022 planning period the City must make available sites to accommodate a total of 129 units. To facilitate and encourage the development of housing units the City has identified sites that would be realistic candidates for infill residential development.

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CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH

Housing Element Update

By Matthew Player

April 24, 2013

The City of Laguna Beach is in the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2013-2021 planning period. The Housing Element is subject to detailed California state statutory requirements regarding its content and must be updated every eights years. The purpose of the Housing Element is to establish a strategy to meet the housing needs of the city.

The City is exploring a solution to increase housing stock in the city, which would involve a review of zoning densities. The City’s commercial zones allow limited residential development within mixed-use projects and, therefore, could be evaluated to potentially increase residential development opportunities.

The Housing Element Update will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting April 24, 2013. The State is currently requiring that each jurisdiction update its Housing Element for the 2013-2021 planning period, with an adoption deadline of October 31, 2013 for Laguna Beach.

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CITY OF DOWNEY

Housing Element Update

By Matthew Player

April 23, 2013

The City of Downey is in the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2014-2012 planning period. The Housing Element is subject to detailed California state statutory requirements regarding its content and must be updated every eight years. The purpose of the Housing Element is to examine the housing needs of residents, create and guide housing policy in the City, and identify locations to accommodate the City's Regional Housing Need Assessment.

The Draft Housing Element update concludes that based on the California state housing requirements for the 2014-2001 planning period the City must make available sites to accommodate a total of 1,201 units. To facilitate and encourage the development of housing units the City has identified zones with permitted densities appropriate to accommodate the development of a variety of housing types.

The Downey Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the Housing Element on May 1, 2013. This will be followed by a public hearing before the City Council on May 28, 2013.

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LAKE ELSINORE CITY COUNCIL

Updated General Plan Rezonings

By Matthew Player

April 20, 2013

Lake Elsinore City Council members are scheduled Tuesday to consider widespread changes to land-use zonings based on the city's updated general plan.

The Council in December 2011 adopted a revised general plan, which is the city's guide for land use over the next couple of decades.

Because of the changes in the general plan, many zones now conflict with it. So, the city is in the process of making zones consistent with the general plan.

The first round of rezonings came in September when the Council zoned certain areas as appropriate for a mix of commercial and residential uses as well as high-density residential development.

The second round, which is on Tuesday's meeting agenda, considers zonings in an area described as the Business District, the north-central area surrounding the Interstate 15-Highway 74 junction, and would establish a public-institutional zone, among other changes.