Update Regulations for Nonconforming Uses and Structures, Commercial Uses, and Other Related Changes


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Update Regulations for Nonconforming Uses and Structures, Commercial Uses, and Other Related Changes
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Applies to all Zone Districts and General Plan Land Use Designations in the County
Document Description
A proposal to update regulations in Chapters 12.10, 13.10, 13.11, 16.10 of the Santa Cruz County Code, and amend related General Plan and Local Coastal Program policies, as follows: Part 1: Amend Chapter 13.10 to provide new regulations for nonconforming uses and structures, and amend related GP/LCP policies in the General Plan, to allow existing legal nonconforming uses and structures to continue and be improved, and facilitate repair after catastrophic events, while continuing to require discretionary review for extensive modifications. Part 2: Amend Chapter 13.10 to simplify the review process for commercial changes of use and reduce the number of parking spaces required for certain commercial uses based upon "evidence based" parking studies. Part 3: Delete language in Chapter 12.10 regarding when soils reports are required, and instead reference local administrative guidelines and the CA Building.

Contact Information

Matt Johnston
Agency Name
Santa Cruz County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
State Highways
Hwy 1, 17

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, California, Resources Agency
Development Types
Other (Regulatory changes (G.P. and Zoning ord.))
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Coastal Permit, Ordinance Amendment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Land Use/Planning, Transportation

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