Butte General Plan 2030 - Zoning Ordinance
The Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance and Map is part of the Butte County General Plan 2030 update process. The Zoning Ordinance and Map are fully consistent with General Plan 2030 in accordance with State law. (NOTE: Please refer to the attached User’s Guide, which provides helpful information on navigating the new Butte County Draft Zoning Ordinance).
The new Draft Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map are available for public review starting Friday, July 2, 2010 on this website and at all Butte County Branch Libraries, and at the Development Services Department, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville. In addition, free CDs containing the new Draft Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map are available by contacting Development Services at 538-7629 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Workshop devoted to the new Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance will be held at the following time and location:
28, 2010, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All members of the public are invited to attend the Public Workshop, where a presentation on the Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance will be provided by Butte County General Plan 2030 staff. There will also be a time for public input and for members of the public to become familiar with the new Zoning Ordinance’s provisions, organization and use.
All public comment received at the Public Workshop will be provided to the Butte County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission will begin a series of eight meetings devoted to the review of the Zoning Ordinance on August 5, 2010 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Butte County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville. Please refer to the attached schedule, which describes the items covered at each meeting. The schedule also provides for a review of the Countywide Zoning Map. The Planning Commission will receive an Agenda and further information prior to the August 5, 2010 meeting. At this time, the Planning Commission is encouraged to read the Draft Zoning Ordinance and become familiar with all of its parts. The Planning Commission is also encouraged to review the attached Draft Countywide Zoning Map, which accompanies the Zoning Ordinance (you may also view the map via the PDF file located on the CD).
This is the first comprehensive update to the Butte County Zoning Ordinance in over 20 years. Every effort has been made to develop a Draft Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map that will streamline permit processes, be responsive to the needs of Butte County and its citizens, and ultimately lead to the successful implementation of Butte County General Plan 2030.
The Zoning Ordinance implements various policies from Butte County General Plan 2030 and the Zoning Map creates zoning districts in all areas of unincorporated Butte County. The Zoning Ordinance sets development standards for all zones including Agriculture, Residential, Commercial, Industrial and other special purpose zones. It also sets development standards for specific types of land uses such as outdoor lighting, clustered development, parking and loading, signs, landscaping and other applications. In addition, the Zoning Ordinance includes sections that regulate all permit processes and the administration of the Zoning Ordinance.
Final approval of the Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map is scheduled for early 2011. At that time, the Butte County Board of Supervisors and the Butte County Planning Commission will consider all comments and recommendations and consider final approval. Once approved, the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map will replace the current zoning ordinance, which is located under Chapter 24 of the Butte County Code.
Butte County General Plan 2030 staff welcomes the public’s review and comments regarding the attached Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map. All comments and questions may be directed to:
Dan Breedon, AICP, Principal Planner
Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map
The new Draft Butte County Zoning Ordinance is divided into 7 Parts:
Part 1 –Enactment and Applicability
Part 2 –Zoning Districts, Land Uses, and Development Standards
Part 3 –General Regulations
Part 4 –Supplemental Use Regulations
Part 5 –Land Use and Development Approval Procedures
Part 6 –Zoning Ordinance Administration
Part 7 –Definitions
Each of these sections is further divided into Articles (42 Articles make-up the Draft Zoning Ordinance).
For purposes of familiarizing users with the Zoning Ordinance, several key sections are described below.
Part 2 of the new Zoning Ordinance consists of the primary regulations that apply to all of the various Zoning Districts implemented by the Zoning Map. In Part 2, users will find the purpose of each zone explained, along with “Use Regulation Tables” that provide an efficient way to determine the uses which are permitted as-of-right (“P”), permitted with an administrative permit (“A”), permitted with a Minor Use Permit (“M”), permitted with a Conditional Use Permit (“C”), or not permitted at all (“-“).
The first column of the Use Regulation Table includes a listing of a variety of uses, which have been categorized into several broad groups:
w Agricultural Uses
w Natural Resource Uses
w Residential Uses
w Community Uses
w Commercial Uses
w Industrial Uses
w Transportation, Communication and Utility Uses
Each of these groups are broken down into a variety of uses, such as “Bed and Breakfast” and “Hotel and Motel” in the case of the “Commercial Uses” group. All of these uses are defined under Part 7 of the zoning ordinance. For example, if you wished to know the definition of a “Bed and Breakfast”, it can be looked up under Part 7 –Definitions. It is important to note that some uses connote a broad definition. For instance, under the “Commercial Uses” group, “Commercial Recreation, Indoor” and “Commercial Recreation, Outdoor” is listed. If you refer to the Definitions, in Part 7 you will find that these terms are defined to include a variety of listed uses. For instance, “Commercial Recreation, Outdoor” includes golf driving ranges, gun clubs, water parks, amusement parks and a large variety of other listed uses. “Commercial Recreation, Indoor” includes bowling alleys, arcades, billiard rooms, sports clubs and other uses. This same process can be used for the “Industrial Uses” group, where “Manufacturing” is divided into “General”, “Heavy” and “Light” categories, each with their own definition.
Part 2 also includes Article 10, which is devoted to the various overlay zones included in the Zoning Ordinance. An overlay zone applies standards and regulations to specific areas, which are in addition to the requirements established by the Base Zone. For instance, the “Unique Agriculture Overlay” zone applies to an area located within the east Oroville Foothills that is zoned “Rural Residential”. The land uses for this area are modified by the “Unique Agriculture Overlay”, which provides additional land uses and regulations, in addition to the ones provided by the “Rural Residential” zone.
Part 5 of the Zoning Ordinance covers Land Use and Development Approval Procedures. Table 24-182-1 under Article 27 –Permit Application and Review, provides an excellent overview of the permit process, and the role of each decision-making authority. For instance, for Minor Use Permits it is shown that the Zoning Administrator has decision-making authority, but that decisions made by the Zoning Administrator may be appealed first to the Planning Commission, and then to the Board of Supervisors. The Zoning Administrator function is a new function that is not currently provided for under the existing Zoning Ordinance. This function is described in more detail under Part 6 –Zoning Ordinance Administration, under Article 36. The Zoning Administrator is tasked with routine permit applications such as Administrative Permits, Exceptions, Interpretations, Minor Use Permits, Zoning Clearances and Site Development Permits. This allows the less complicated permits to be handled at an administrative level, and reserves the more extensive permit processes for the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
Zoning Map provides zoning for all unincorporated
portions of Butte County. In accordance with State law, the
zoning map must be consistent with the General Plan 2030
Land Use Map. The PDF format map provided allows you to
“zoom-in” to see details for individual areas and parcels.
You must refer to the color legend on the bottom part of the
map to determine the applicable zone. As an alternative to
this map, the public may also refer to the Parcel Look-Up
www.buttegeneralplan.net, which provides a way to
look-up zoning for individual Assessor Parcel Numbers or