Land Development Code Work Program

Frequently Requested LDC Ordinances

Microbreweries - On June 4, 2013, the City Council adopted code amendments related to microbreweries. The ordinance will allow for local craft beer manufacturers to develop a restaurant or tasting room accessory to their beverage production manufacturing use to help better feature their product. The size of an eating and drinking establishment, which was previously limited to 3,000 square feet in most industrial zones, will instead be limited to 25 percent of the total gross floor area consistent with how accessory uses are typically regulated. The ordinance applies to beverage manufacturers of at least 12,000 square feet in size located in industrial zones. Brew pubs, which are restaurants that manufacture small quantities of beer, will continue to be regulated as eating and drinking establishments as applicable to the restaurants location. The ordinance became effective citywide on December 12, 2013.

PDF icon Reduced Parking Demand Housing Regulations - (AKA Affordable housing Parking Regulations) - On November 13, 2012 the City Council approved the Reduced Parking Demand Housing Regulations PDF icon (Section 142.0527) . The regulations consist of amendments to the Municipal Code and the City's Local Coastal Program that implement the recommendations of the San Diego Affordable Housing Parking Study (December 30, 2011) prepared by Wilbur Smith Associates. The regulations are applicable to only regulated rental affordable housing units where the tenant pays no more than 30 percent of gross household income towards gross rent and where a specified number of units are affordable to very low income and/or low income households for a term of at least 30 years. Generally, the regulations apply parking ratios that are unique to the affordable housing type and the locational characteristics of the project. The amendments are effective Citywide inclusive of the Planned District Ordinances. The project also includes adoption of a Land Development Manual for Calculating Affordable Housing Parking Requirements. The amendments became effective in on November 14, 2013.

Urban Agriculture Amendments - On January 31, 2012, the San Diego City Council approved new regulations for urban agriculture that address changes to the keeping of PDF icon chickens , PDF icon goats and PDF icon bees . These will reduce the approval process for farmers markets on private property and therefore create two new uses for farmers market stands and retail farms. It will also make minor changes to the recently adopted community garden regulations. However, the regulations related to PDF icon Farmers Markets, Retail Farms and PDF icon Community Gardens require certification from the California Coastal Commission prior to becoming effective within the City's Coastal Overlay Zone. The California Coastal Commission (CCC) unconditionally certifies certified the new regulations on June 12, 2013.

Large Retail Establishments (Big Box) - The California Coastal Commission unconditionally certified these regulations on October 16, 2008. They are now in effect Citywide.

Mini Dorms - The California Coastal Commission unconditionally certified these regulations (3 ordinances) on October 16, 2008. They are now in effect Citywide.

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