ZA2020-0003 Zoning Amendments regarding E-Commerce Distribution Uses and Design Review for Large Projects
The proposed ordinance is a City-initiated code amendment to the current City zoning code to refine industrial land use classifications. The draft ordinance proposes to prohibit large fulfillment centers/heavy distribution, parcel sorting centers, and it identifies areas where parcel hubs (also known as last mile delivery centers) could be permitted or conditionally permitted.
Also included in the draft ordinance, are staff recommended changes to the Design Permit Process within the Municipal Code to require Planning Commission review of buildings and developments of certain sizes.
City Council and community members have raised concerns about projects along the HWY 101 corridor, particularly around the City's current zoning regulations not adequately regulating e-commerce facilities potentially being developed as heavy distribution "fulfillment centers" served by hundreds of semi-trucks daily.
Additionally, the City Council directed staff to develop more specific criteria for determining what projects are referred to the Planning Commission for design review rather than administrative review.
The draft ordinance addresses the concerns above by creating definitions for e-commerce facilities in industrial zones and by creating criteria that requires large projects to be referred to the Planning Commission for design review, while still giving the Development Services Director flexibility to refer smaller projects to the Planning Commission that are determined to be significant.
City Council Action
The City Council will discuss and consider this item at the October 21, 2020 City Council Meeting. The meeting will start at 5:30 pm, however, this item will not be heard before 7:00 pm.
Those who would like to join the virtual City Council meeting may do so by going to: https://bit.ly/10212020CityCouncilMtg or by calling in to (669) 900-9128 and entering webinar ID 835 2176 4154 #.
City Council Hearing - Public Hearing Notice (PDF)
Planning Commission Action
On September 22nd, at the request of the City Council, City staff will present a City-initiated text amendment to the Zoning Code to refine industrial land use classifications. The draft ordinance (linked below) proposes to prohibit large fulfillment centers and parcel sorting centers and identifies areas where parcel hubs (also known as last mile deliver centers) could be permitted or conditionally permitted. Additionally, City Staff is recommending changes to the Design Permit Process in the Municipal Code to require Planning Commission review of large projects.
The Planning Commission and community will be able to provide feedback on the proposed text amendments at the September 22nd Planning Commission meeting.
Planning Commission Hearing - Public Hearing Notice (PDF)