Frequently Asked Questions
What is Zoning?
While the General Plan sets forth a wide‐ranging and long‐term vision for the City, the Zoning Code specifies how each individual property can be used to achieve those objectives. Zoning is the body of rules and regulations that control what is built on the ground, as well as what uses occupy buildings and sites. Zoning determines the form and character of development, such as the size and height of buildings, and also includes provisions to ensure that new development and uses will fit into existing neighborhoods by establishing the rules for being a “good neighbor.”