Zoning Code Update

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The City of Santa Clara is updating its Zoning Code. The City’s existing code was developed in March 1969 and does not reflect the recently adopted Santa Clara 2010–2035 General Plan. This update will make the code consistent with state and federal law and the direction provided in the 2010–2035 General Plan. The General Plan was developed with broad input from the community and provides tools for Santa Clara to achieve the vision outlined in the plan. The Zoning Code must adequately address relevant community issues, and updating it will help to achieve this. The update will be a simplification of the existing code, not a radical change, and will improve ease of use through a new format.

What is a Zoning Code?

The City’s Zoning Code regulates land uses within the jurisdictional boundaries of Santa Clara. The code establishes zoning districts (e.g., Single-Family, General Office, Downtown Commercial) that are applied to individual properties consistent with the General Plan land use designations. For each of the zone districts in the City, the Zoning Code identifies land uses that are permitted, conditionally permitted and not permitted. The code also establishes standards such as minimum lot size, maximum building height, and the minimum distance buildings must be set back from the street. Provisions for parking, landscaping, lighting, and other rules that guide the development of projects in the City are also included.

The overall goals of the Zoning Code are to promote the city’s growth in an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety, peace, comfort, and general welfare in conformance with the 2010–2035 General Plan.

Typical Zoning Regulations 

How can I learn more?

There will be a number of opportunities for you to get involved and talk with the staff working on this update. Email the project planner, Jeff Schwilk, with your contact information to receive project notices, meeting announcements, and updates. Tell us what you think by attending the community open house or contacting City staff via e-mail or phone. 

E-mail: JSchwilk@santaclaraca.gov

Phone: (408) 615-2450 


• 2010–2035 General Plan 
• Current Zoning Code

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