Minor Exceptions

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Minor Exceptions
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration

Document Description
This project consists of 2 parts. The first part would implement provisions in state law regarding variances by amending Chapter 13.10 of the Santa Cruz County Code to allow consideration of minor exceptions from zoning site standards for height, setbacks, distance between structures, lot coverage and floor area ratio without requiring a public hearing. Part two would amend the zoning ordinance to add specific, limited exceptions to zoning site standards, consisting of the following: 1) Add setback and height exceptions for residential garages to facilitate improved residential design and siting. 2) Add height exceptions for parapets on on-residential structures to facilitate improved designs and fire safety. 3) Provide a discretionary review process to consider height exceptions for commercial or industrial structures to facilitate innovative designs. 4) Add a front setback exceptions for structure in all gone district to allow for greater protection of the environment and improved public safety.

Contact Information
Matthew Johnston
Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-3201


Santa Cruz
State Highways
Hwy 1 & 17

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Ordinance Revisions)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Ordinance Revisions
Project Issues
Land Use Water Supply Water Quality
Reviewing Agencies
Colorado River Board California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 5 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3 Resources Agency
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