In February 2019, the City adopted a comprehensive update to its General Plan. To facilitate implementation of the General Plan, the City is making a series of amendments to its Zoning regulations (referred to as the “Zoning Code”), as well as other portions of the Elk Grove Municipal Code (EGMC). Specific amendments to the EGMC include the following:
• Parkland requirement for multifamily residential development.
• Updating the responsibilities of the City Council and Planning Commission relative to General Plan consistency findings for real property dedications, dispositions, vacations, and abandonments as required by Section 65402 of the California Government Code.
• Update to the process for official interpretations and establishing new provisions and findings for making similar use determinations.
• Comprehensive update to the temporary use regulations and temporary use permit process.
• Requiring a minor design review for residential accessory structures greater than 800 square feet.
• Updating allowed uses descriptions for “agricultural tourism” and “wholesaling and distribution” and creating new listings for “crop production, urban” and “distribution, logistics, and delivery center”.
• Updating the allowed use listing for Manufacturing, Minor and Manufacturing, Small Scale to permit by right in the Light and Heavy Industrial zones.
• Revision to the allowed use listings for Caretaker Housing, Mobile Home Park, Navigation Housing, Supportive Housing, and Transitional Housing for consistency with State law and in implementation of the 2021 Housing Element.
• Restricting Personal Storage Facilities to require a conditional use permit in the Light Industrial, Light Industrial/Flex, and Heavy Industrial zones.
• Reducing setback standards in the RD-20 through RD-40 zones to allow for more efficient building layouts consistent with the allowed densities of the zones.
• Establishing new maximum lot coverage standards for AG, AR, and RD zones.
• Updated setback standards for RD-1 through RD-7 where the sidewalk is separated from the curb.
• Increased allowed building height for commercial, mixed use, office and industrial zones.
• Updated Density Bonus and Accessory Dwelling Unit provisions consistent with State law.
• Clarification of fence standards and Recreational Vehicle parking limitations in street side yard areas.
• Implementation of Assembly Bill 1851 with parking reductions for religious institution housing developments.
• Revisions to the standards for flags in commercial, office, and industrial zones to allow up to three flag poles and total flag area of up to 72 square feet.
• Increasing the number of outdoor seating that triggers design review from 12 to 20 seats.
• Establishing new provisions for urban crop production and allowing the use by right up to one acre in residential, commercial, mixed use, office, and industrial zones; or with a minor use permit for sites one acre or more in the same zones. Also establishing parking standards for this use.
• Implementing AB 2421 by allowing for emergency standby generators for macro (large) wireless communication facilities.
• Updating definitions and figures for various yard and lot types.
• Amending the Southeast Policy Area Special Planning Area to allow, upon approval of design review, for office buildings to exceed the maximum height limit of 90 feet.
Additionally, the City has prepared rezonings for several properties around the City to align the site zoning with the General Plan land use designation, as required by State law.
The Project also includes a General Plan land plan amendment to two sites. Site one (8672 and 8688 Sheldon Road) would be changed from Park to Low Density Residential. Site two (8476 Sheldon Road) would be changed from Rural Residential to High Density Residential.