New Vallejo Zoning Code

Continued City Council Public Hearing to Consider Draft New Zoning Code, Zoning Map and Other Related Actions on June 7th!

The City has completed the comprehensive update to its Zoning Code (Vallejo Municipal Code Title 16). The Draft New Code includes both text and zoning map amendments to reflect the goals, policies, and implementation measures expressed in General Plan 2040. The proposed New Zoning Code establishes new and modified land use regulations that will guide future development and design throughout the City. It includes, but is not limited to new and revised zoning districts, permitting procedures, permitted and conditionally permitted land uses and development standards (setbacks, height, minimum lot size, etc.) in each zoning district, city-wide development standards (fences, accessory structure landscaping, parking, signs, etc.), and land use definitions that regulate city-wide development.  The New Zoning Code represents a complete redesign and modernization of the Zoning Code making it clear, approachable, flexible and easy to use.

The Public Hearing Draft of the New Zoning Code and Zoning Map have been revised and updated based on public comments, Planning Commission Study Sessions and Public Hearings and City Council Hearing. Errata List of Changes has been prepared for final consideration. The revised documents including Zoning Code, Map, Draft General Plan and Specific Plan Amendments, and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration are available on the City’s website at:
 
https://www.cityofvallejo.net/city_hall/departments___divisions/planning_and_development
_services/planning_division/planning_division_document_library, click on Zoning Code (New).
 
Public comments can be made on Open City Hall, Vallejo’s internet forum at: https://www.cityofvallejo.net/living/connect/open_city_hall#peak_democracy.

Documents are also available as follows:

CURRENT DOCUMENTS
Revised Draft Zoning Code.3.5.21 (Click HERE).

Draft Zoning Code Errata.4.28.21 (Click HERE).
Link to Revised Zoning Map (Click HERE).
Draft General Plan Amendments (Click HERE).
Draft Specific Plan Amendments (Click HERE).
Northgate Specific Plan – To be Repealed (Click HERE).

PRIOR DOCUMENTS
Draft New Zoning Code January Release (Click HERE).
Comparison Draft Zoning Code (Click HERE).
Annotated New Zoning Code (Click HERE)
Shows most changes from Current Code.
Draft Zoning Map East (Click
HERE).
Draft Zoning Map West (Click
HERE).
Draft General Plan Amendments (Click HERE).


*The Draft Initial Study is provided on the Environmental Review Page.


CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING!
The City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and voted in favor of continuing the public hearing to a date to be determined. The date for the continued Public Hearing is June 7, 2021.
Click HERE to view the April 13th presentation

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARINGS!
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, March 15, 2021 and voted unanimously to continue the public hearing to Monday, March 29, 2021. On March 29, 2021, the Planning Commission voted unaniously to forward the New Zoning Code Project to City Council for Approval and Adoption. To view the March 29th Powerpont Presentation, Click HERE. To view the March 15th presentation, Click HERE.

The public is invited to participate in the upcoming public hearing and may do so by accessing the following link: 
https://bit.ly/2Jcjdvq, clicking on the Planning Commission and City Council meeting date, and following the public comment instructions listed for this agenda item.
 
Comments and questions on the New Zoning Code Project can be sent via email to Michelle Hightower, Senior Planner at michelle.hightower@cityofvallejo.net or mailed to the Vallejo Planning Division, 555 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA 94534.

DEVELOPING THE NEW ZONING CODE

INTERIM ZONING POLICY

An Interim Zoning Policy (Click HERE) was approved by City Council in 2017 to resolve any inconsistencies between General Plan 2040 and the existing Zoning Code, and provide a process for review of development project applications and processing of building permits until the New Zoning Code is adopted.

WHY AND HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED!

The City’s goals was to comprehensively re-write the Zoning Code for the first time since 1980. The main reason for developing a new Zoning Code was to align this important set of day-to-day standards with the ideas and future direction expressed in General Plan 2040, and incorporate standards already used in various Specific Plans. Goals for the new Zoning Code include the following:

  1. Make investing in Vallejo easier through a clear expression of Vallejo’s vision and expectations for development in various areas of the city.
  2. Provide a code that is clear, approachable, flexible, modern and easy to use.
  3. Develop a code that represents best practices and up to date approaches.
  4. Remove obstacles to development that will improve the City’s image as a good place to live and do business.
  5. Provide design standards and remove obstacles to high-quality development such as unnecessary or inefficient procedures.

A brief overview of  why Vallejo is rewriting the Zoning Code, how zoning impacts you, and ways to get involved in the process can be found HERE.

Zoning FAQs

What is Zoning?   The City has prepared a brief handout answering this and other frequently asked questions on this topic, which can be found HERE.

Open Houses and Planning Commission Study Sessions

The new Zoning Code included a series of Community Open Houses to solicit public input. Special meetings of the Planning Commission were held as Study Sessions following each Open House.

Modules and District Reports

Development of the New Code included four phases reflecting modules of related provisions.  The  Zoning Code modules are now completed.


Zoning Code Modules are listed below.

  • MODULE 1: Terms and References

          Land use Classifications, and rules for measurement and calculations

To View the Module 1 Report  – Draft Land Use Classifications and Definitions, click HERE.  Staff accepted comments on the Module 1 Report during the Community Open House and Planning Commission Study Session on June 19, 2019.  All comments were due to City staff by July 3, 2019.

  • MODULE  2: Zoning Districts

Proposed districts and purposes for each district. Use regulations, development and design standards for proposed districts are provided in the District Standards Reports A and B presented in February and May 2020.

To View the Module 2 Revised Overview Report – Zoning Districts and Purposes,  click HERE. Staff accepted comments on Module 2 during the Community Open House and Planning Commission Study Session held on July 22, 2019 and via email up to August 11, 2019. Staff also received responses to questions regarding Module 2 on Open City Hall.

  • MODULE 3:  Citywide and Special Regulations

Module 3 was divided into two reports.  To view the Module 3 Overview Report A, click HERE.  To view the Module 3 Overview Report B, click HEREThe Open House/Study Session on Report A was held on October 7, 2019 and the Open House/Study Session for Report B was held on November 4, 2019, with a second Study Session on Report B held on November 18, 2019.   

  • MODULE 4:  Administrative Procedures and Permits

The Planning Commission Study Session for Module 4 was held on December 16, 2019.  To view the Module 4 Overview Report, revised following the original release on December 6th, click HERE

The Residential and Non-Residential District Standards were presented to the Planning Commission on February 3, 2020 and May 18, 2020.

In February 2020, staff presented the Architectural Heritage and Historic Preservation Chapter (AHHP) to the Planning Commission and Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission. This Chapter addresses projects in the Historic Districts and properties designated as City Landmarks.

A Planning Commission Study Session to review the Draft Zoning Map was held on June 15, 2020. Staff also re-examined the General Plan 2040 Land Use Map, policies and actions and determined that in order to align the Zoning Code with the General Plan, a number of General Plan Amendments will be needed.

The District and Zoning Map Reports can be found on the Workshop Page of this website!


Zoning Code Diagnosis

The diagnosis of the current Vallejo Zoning Code (Title 16) was previously prepared by Opticos.  The Code Diagnosis Memo prepared by Opticos providing a summary and evaluation of the current Vallejo Zoning Code, can be found HERE.

Character Analysis

An analysis of the existing character of Vallejo focuses on both the macro-scale (i.e. residential neighborhoods, commercial districts, corridors, etc.) and the micro-scale (i.e. street character, building character and setbacks, etc.). The micro-scale analysis relates to the “walkable urban” areas of the City,  the focus of a Form-Based Code that may be used in certain parts of the City. The process for the micro-scale analysis, including a preliminary generalized map of Vallejo’s walkable urban areas, can be found HERE.

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