Zoning Ordinance Update

Zoning Ordinance Update

The City is embarking on a  comprehensive “overhaul” of the Zoning Ordinance which would result in a modern, intuitive, effective document. The ordinance includes regulations for setbacks, height, landscaping, signage, parking, hazardous materials storage, form based codes, Transition Overlay Districts, and historical resources. Newark’s existing Zoning Ordinance was originally adopted in 1965 and has been amended numerous times over the years. Until now it has not received a comprehensive review and update.

The scope of the project will include complete replacement of Title 17 (Zoning) of the Newark Municipal Code with a modern user-friendly code, as well as modifications to the Zoning Map to bring each property’s zoning designation into conformance with the General Plan. An electronic, printable, internet friendly and amendable Zoning Map would be created. Graphics would be used to clearly demonstrate concepts.

Three public Planning Commission work sessions and a community meeting would be held to gather input from residents, property owners and businesses. Property owners whose zoning designation was proposed to be modified would be notified by mail.  Prior to formal adoption there would be a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission and a Public Hearing before the City Council. 

The First of the Planning Commission Work Sessions would occur on April 26, 2016 at 7:30pm in the City Council Chambers.  The subject of this work session would be important policy issues that would be addressed in the Update Process.  These issues are described in the this Issue Paper.