The purpose of the City’s Zoning Ordinance is to encourage, classify, designate, regulate, restrict, the highest and best location for, and use of, buildings, structures, and land for agriculture, residence, commerce, trade, industry, water conservation, or other purposes in appropriate places.

Impact of zoning codes:

  • Encourage the most appropriate use of land
  • Conserve and stabilize the value of property
  • Regulate and limit the height, number of stories, and size of buildings and other structures
  • Regulate and determine the size of residential yards and other open spaces
  • Regulate and limit the density of a city’s population by dividing the City into districts of such number, shape, and area as may be deemed best suited to carry out these regulations and provide for their enforcement
  • Provide adequate open spaces for light and air and to prevent and fight fires
  • Prevent undue concentration of population
  • Facilitate adequate provisions for community utilities, such as; transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements
  • Promote the public health, safety and general welfare

Residential Infill Design Guidelines

Established in July, 2005, the Residential Infill Design Guidelines are intended to ensure that new home and/or additions to existing homes are compatible and conform with the existing built environment. Projects are reviewed by Planning team.

Design Guidelines for “Infill” Parcels of Land
Residential Infill Process

Tower District Design Guidelines

Adopted as part of the Tower District Specific Plan, the Tower District Design Guidelines apply to all property within the Tower District.  For additional information, please contact Will Tackett.

Tower District Specific Plan Design Guidelines

Non-Residential Design Guidelines

These following design guidelines are implemented by staff and are intended to facilitate development that is compatible with existing land uses and that foster certain activities (i.e. pedestrian friendliness, safety, passive open space, etc.).

Ventura-Kings Canyon Design Guidelines
Parking Lot Shading Standards

Cell Tower Design

Questions pertaining to fences and hedges are common. Depending on the location and zone district, fence and hedge requirements differ.

Cell Tower Design Policies and Procedures