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Regulations, Amendments and Related Documents

New Regulations in Effect - Updates to the Land Development Code

  • Solar Energy Systems Ordinance
  • Community Plan Implementation Zone
  • Density Bonus
  • The Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance (PDF) is intended to apply in multi-family zones, many of which are currently developed as single family neighborhoods. The regulations would permit the existing lot to be subdivided into smaller lots consistent with the allowable density of the base zone. Currently this is done as a multifamily condominium project that will require a homeowner's (HOA) and accompanying HOA fee. This proposal would allow the lot to be subdivided into smaller lots for development of detached single family dwelling units without the need for a HOA. It is anticipated that these regulations would result in development that better complements the scale of the surrounding existing development versus the larger scale of condominium projects. The ordinance will be effective in areas outside of the coastal zone following action by the Airport Authority anticipated June 2015. The ordinance will be effective in the coastal zone following action by the Airport Authority and Coastal Commission.
  • 9th Update to the Land Development Code- This is a package of code amendments that are part of a comprehensive update and regular maintenance of the code. There are a total of 57 amendment issues included that address processing for various permit and land use types, definitions and measurement, parking, signs and minor corrections. The majority are regulatory reform items intended to improve the development process and to implement the City's economic development strategy in support of industrial development and the growth of local manufacturing (i.e. craft beer manufacturing). The most significant changes address the City's previously conforming regulations to establish greater consistency in application of the regulations for a more predictable outcome, increase certainty for reconstruction following fire or natural disaster, and increase opportunities for reinvestment in, and protection of, the City's older neighborhoods. The proposal is summarized in the Issue Matrix and described in the following:
  • The ordinance became effective in areas outside of the coastal zone on June 4, 2015. The ordinance will be effective in the coastal zone following action by the Coastal Commission.

  • Mobile Food Truck Ordinance- The City's mobile food truck ordinance is applicable citywide (effective October 15, 2014). On March 18, 2014, the City Council adopted an ordinance to allow mobile food trucks to legally operate in the public right-of-way and on private property. On September 15, 2014, the City Council approved a Resolution to overrule the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's decision of ordinance inconsistency, which thereby upheld the City's adopted mobile food truck ordinance. On October 8, 2014, the Coastal Commission certified the associated local coastal program amendment, which allowed the ordinance to become effective citywide. The ordinance allows food trucks to operate (with no City permit required) in the public right-of-way; in industrial and commercial-office zones; in most RM zones to serve residents/guests of residential developments with 16 or more dwelling units; on the premises of schools, universities, hospitals, or churches in any zone; for private catering in any zone; and to serve active construction sites in any zone. Operations on private property in most commercial zones and in the downtown community plan area are subject to a ministerial permit. See Information Bulletin 148 and the Mobile Food Truck See Information Bulletin 148 and the Mobile Food Truck Permit Application Form (DS-210) for additional information.
  • For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 619-446-5000 or email