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Zoning protects public health and welfare and promotes community character by organizing land into clearly defined districts based on the type and intensity of use. While land use planning uses broad categories, such as residential, commercial, and industrial, to separate different uses within a community, zoning further divides these categories into districts based on intensity. This separation of uses allows communities and individual neighborhoods to regulate growth and development and preserve community character. In addition to uses, zoning codes also regulate site layout and design details, including lot size; density; building placement, height, and bulk; setbacks; provision of adequate light and air; parking; landscaping; and signage.
The Zoning Code (PDF) contains regulations concerning the placement and height of structures on a lot or parcel within the community and any construction therein.
Zoning approval is required any time there are excavation or site improvements or when a building or structure is:
The City is divided into districts where regulations control the use of buildings and premises (residential, commercial, etc.) in order to be uniformed and cohesive.
The Zoning Map (PDF) will show each Zoning District.