The San Ramon City Council is set to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would amend the city's zoning code on Tuesday.
The ordinance would make some minor "technical" changes to the citywide zoning ordinance in order to improve its clarity and usability, according to staff. No action will be taken this week, but after receiving public testimony on Tuesday staff recommends the council set Feb. 27 for potential ordinance adoption.
The zoning ordinance applies to all land within the San Ramon city limits.
In late 2015, the city's Planning Commission established a two-person Zoning Ordinance Update Ad Hoc Committee in order to focus on the anticipated revisions, and a year later, the committee decided to split the zoning ordinance update into two tracks: the economic/market analysis track and the technical update track.
The work associated with the economic/market analysis track has been integrated into the update in-process of the city's current General Plan.
The ordinance to be discussed this week focuses on the technical updates.
"The scope of this update was based on a combination of staff initiated updates, changes in state regulations and topic specific discussions with the committee," division manager Lauren Barr wrote in a staff report.
Much of the changes are minor linguistic edits and clarifications, surrounding areas/topics like parking and density ranges, in addition to adding new definitions for alcohol manufacturing, auto sales and brew pubs.
Staff also recommends that the zoning ordinance document undergo formatting revisions for improved readability, including font size increases, margin reductions and integrating graphics and tables into the document's text.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business
* Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen will present to the council the preliminary working draft framework for cannabis regulation in the unincorporated areas of the county.
* The council will once again consider an ordinance that would increase the speed limits on certain road segments in San Ramon. The ordinance was already discussed at the Jan. 23 council meeting.
* Council members will consider authorizing the final design of the first phase of the Crow Canyon Road widening project from Alcosta Boulevard to St. George Road.
* The council will hear a special presentation on last year's San Ramon 150 celebration by its co-chairs Heidi Kenniston-Lee and Gary Alpert.
* The council will discuss the policy on potentially amending city-held conservation easements.
* The Ad Hoc Communications Committee will present a report on the City Wide Communication Plan.