The zoning map shows how the community is divided into different use districts or zones, such as zones for residential, commercial, mixed use, public, and open space.You can access the current zoning map in two formats: 1) a PDF mapbook or 2) a searchable web-based GIS map. With the web map, you can turn on zoning in the layer list on the right side of the screen. You can access the map with the following links.
For some City areas (mostly east of I-5), the zoning map may show properties are in a Specific Plan (also commonly known as Master Plans or Area Plans). There are Specific Plans for Forster Ranch, Marblehead Coastal, Marblehead Inland, Pier Bowl, Rancho San Clemente, Talega, and West Pico Corridor. Specific Plans identify development standards, design guidelines, and other long-range planning information for a certain sub-area of the City. If a property is within a Specific Plan area, you need to refer to the land use map in the Specific Plan to identify the zoning or land use of a property. Specific Plan properties are shaded grey on the Zoning map with the Specific Plan name labeled on the zoning map page (for a list of specific plans, see below). To access Specific Plans and Specific Plan land use maps, click the links below.
- Specific Plan homepage with links to documents
- Forster Ranch Land Use Map
- Marblehead Coastal Land Use Map
- Marblehead Inland Land Use Map
- Pier Bowl Land Use Map
- Rancho San Clemente Land Use Map
- Talega Land Use Map
- West Pico Corridor Land Use Map
Zoning map's relationship to Zoning Ordinance
The zoning map identifies zoning districts. The Zoning Ordinance explains the zoning rules that apply in each zoning district or refers to a Specific Plan for rules that apply. These zoning rules typically establish a list of land uses permitted in each district plus a series of specific standards governing lot size, building height, and required yard and setback provisions. The Zoning Ordinance also identifies procedures for administering and applying zoning rules. You can access the Zoning Ordinance by clicking this link:
The Zoning Ordinance is divided in Chapters and then according to "sections" for ease of reference. For example, Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 17.32, Section 30 (17.32.030) identifies permitted uses in the Residential-Low Density (RL) zoning district and Section 40 (17.32.040) identifies required setback from property lines.
If you are planning to open a business or develop a site, the Zoning Ordinance (or Specific Plan if applicable) will tell you if your project and business is permitted in the location and zone you have chosen. A planner can help you determine whether or not your business is allowed in a specific area and whether any proposed changes or additions to the site or building will require additional parking spaces or other types of improvements. If you are planning new development, you will need to work closely with the Community Development Department throughout the development process.
To consult with a planner, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 361-6197.