Land Use Code Update

By Michael Yerman, Community Development Director

This is my first column as the Community Development Director.  I am excited to be back in Salida and the opportunity to continue to work with the residents, business owners, builders, and developers on their projects in the City.

Over the past year, the Planning Commission has been working on updates to the land use code. A public hearing is scheduled with the Planning Commission on August 27th at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers for the updated land use code.  Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The draft of the updated land use code can be found on the City’s website – here. Also, a copy of the draft will be made available at the Public Library and City Hall.

The intent of the code update is to create expedited review procedures for applicants, to bring the current code up to date with state statute, and to condense relative code sections together. The goal is to make the review procedures and standards transparent and easy to follow.  This code rewrite does not change entitlements in the zoning regulations such as lot sizes, setbacks, building heights, etc. Rather it creates new expedited review procedures for land use applications.

The levels of review for types of development projects can be found in Article III.  Article IV specifies the level of review for specific land uses.  The level of review remains consistent for almost all projects and uses with the exception of a recommendation by the Planning Commission to require additional review of accessory structures/dwelling units over 1,000 square feet, commercial or mixed projects of over 20,000 square feet, and multi-family projects over 3 units.

The required public meetings and time frames for subdivisions and planned developments have been shortened to allow for an expedited review of applications.

Article XI Flood Control has been updated to reflect the requirements of state statute and to clarify the process for building or modifying structures in the flood plain. The remainder of the code has only seen minimal changes and has been consolidated to reflect the review procedures of Article III.

Please take time to review the updated code. We look forward to hearing your feedback in the coming weeks.