ZONE Rocklin

Overview

ZONE Rocklin
Zoning Ordinance and Map Update

The purpose of the ZONE Rocklin project is to update Rocklin’s Zoning Ordinance to produce a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, flexible, and user-friendly Code, consistent with the recommendations of the Community Development Department Organizational Assessment completed in 2023. The update of the City’s Zoning Ordinance is consistent with the five pillars of the 2023-2025 Rocklin Strategic Plan, and help realize Rocklin’s vision as a safe, vibrant, and livable community with a robust local economy.

This webpage serves as your one-stop shop for information about the project. We invite you to take a look around, share your thoughts, and check back often for updates on the process and to review draft documents.

Project Goals

The goal of the updated Zoning Ordinance is to create a document that achieves the following:

  • Streamlined and transparent in its administration and decision-making processes
  • Promotes economic development and high-quality design
  • Provides flexibility
  • Is intuitive, graphic, and user-friendly
  • Is consistent with State and federal law
General Objectives

The updated Zoning Ordinance is intended to:

  • Provide for a logically organized ordinance with a user-friendly index and with provisions that are easily understood by all users (e.g. simplify legalistic language)
  • Protect residential communities from incompatible developments
  • Reflect contemporary best practices
  • Update allowable uses to reflect current business practices
  • Streamline approval process for minor permits and approvals
  • Explore the option of reducing and/or eliminating planned development zones, architectural districts, overlay zones, and special requirements

The purpose of the ZONE Rocklin project is to update Rocklin’s Zoning Ordinance to produce a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, flexible, and user-friendly Code, consistent with the recommendations of the Community Development Department Organizational Assessment completed in 2023. The update of the City’s Zoning Ordinance is consistent with the five pillars of the 2023-2025 Rocklin Strategic Plan, and help realize Rocklin’s vision as a safe, vibrant, and livable community with a robust local economy.

This webpage serves as your one-stop shop for information about the project. We invite you to take a look around, share your thoughts, and check back often for updates on the process and to review draft documents.

Project Goals

The goal of the updated Zoning Ordinance is to create a document that achieves the following:

  • Streamlined and transparent in its administration and decision-making processes
  • Promotes economic development and high-quality design
  • Provides flexibility
  • Is intuitive, graphic, and user-friendly
  • Is consistent with State and federal law
General Objectives

The updated Zoning Ordinance is intended to:

  • Provide for a logically organized ordinance with a user-friendly index and with provisions that are easily understood by all users (e.g. simplify legalistic language)
  • Protect residential communities from incompatible developments
  • Reflect contemporary best practices
  • Update allowable uses to reflect current business practices
  • Streamline approval process for minor permits and approvals
  • Explore the option of reducing and/or eliminating planned development zones, architectural districts, overlay zones, and special requirements
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The City of Rocklin is embarking on a comprehensive update of its Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map! Sign up below to receive updates on the process and hear about opportunities to participate.

 
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Why Update the Zoning Ordinance and Map?

The current Zoning Ordinance, Title 17 in the Rocklin Municipal Code (RMC), has not been comprehensively updated in over three decades. Outdated regulations can be difficult to use and can hinder community objectives and economic development.

The City of Rocklin recently conducted an operational and organizational assessment of land use processes in the Community Development Department, including an evaluation of code and ordinance efficacy. Ultimately, it was recommended that the Planning Division rewrite the Zoning Ordinance with an eye to simplifying it and reducing the need for interpretations. The Zoning Ordinance and Map Update project is the implementation of that recommendation.

What is a Zoning Ordinance and Map?

While the General Plan sets forth a wide-ranging and long-term vision for the City, the Zoning Ordinance, together with the Zoning Map, specify 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, and 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.”

A Zoning Ordinance and Map typically does the following:

  • Divide a city into various zones;
  • List permitted uses within those zones;
  • Provide for conditional and accessory uses;
  • Establish development standards such as building heights, setbacks, lot coverage, parking, signage, and landscaping; and
  • Provide for administrative procedures for variances, conditional use permits, architectural review and zone changes or text amendments.

What is the Process and How Long Will It Take?

The project will move from research and evaluation of City policies, regulations, and development to the development of an overall framework for the new Zoning Ordinance. New and updated regulations will be drafted for review and consideration and revised, based on input received. The community is encouraged to participate throughout the process which we anticipate will take about 18 months.

Who Can Participate?

All residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within Rocklin are encouraged to take part in this project and shape the future of the community.

How Can I Get Involved?

We are soliciting community participation in all phases of the project. There are many ways to get involved! See below for participation information.

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Meetings and Workshops

Upcoming Meetings

No meetings are scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates or sign-up to receive project email notifications.

Meetings to Date

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Submit Comments

We would like to hear from you! Please email us your comments and contact information to ZoneRocklin@rocklin.ca.us

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Contact Us

City staff are available to answer questions or to provide additional information on the Zoning Ordinance and Map Update project. Email ZoneRocklin@rocklin.ca.us