Minor Exceptions from Zoning Site Standards

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Minor Exceptions from Zoning Site Standards
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Portions apply to all zone districts

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

Phone : (831) 454-3201


Santa Cruz
State Highways
Hwy 1 & 17

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of Santa Cruz
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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