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Zoning Overview

Dept/Div. Contact:  Planning Division - (209) 577-5267

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Description:  The purpose of zoning is to locate particular land uses where they are most appropriate, considering public utilities, road access, the established development pattern and compatibility with surrounding uses.

In addition to categorizing land by uses such as residential, commercial, and industrial, a Zoning Ordinance also specifies such details as building setback lines, the height and bulk of buildings, the size and location of open spaces, and the intensity to which the land may be developed.

Examples:  An industrial use is not permitted for location in the middle of a residential area because the zoning for the residential area prohibits it. The zoning classifications are broken down into districts for residential, commercial, and industrial uses. There are also several special districts intended for certain areas or for certain types of development.

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