What is a land use designation?

Similar to zoning designations described above, all properties within the City are also assigned a land use designation. For example, many properties are assigned an RI or Residential-Low Density designation. Land use designations are derived from the land use goals, policies, and standards of the City’s general plan. Residential land use designations also establish a residential density expressed in terms of residential units per acre. Land use designations are more general than zoning classifications. Typically, land use designations focus on allowed uses whereas zoning classifications provide specific standards related to building height and setbacks. Both are used by decision-makers to determine whether a proposed use, development, or subdivision is appropriate.

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1. What is an assessor’s parcel number?
2. What is a zoning classification?
3. What development does zoning allow?
4. What is a land use designation?
5. What are building setbacks?
6. What is the minimum parcel size?
7. What permits are required to build, rebuild or remodel a house?
8. Can I place a manufactured home on my property?
9. Are second dwelling units allowed on a property?
10. How tall can a fence be built?
11. Can I remove trees from a property?
12. Are there any easements that affect a property?
13. What is a nonconforming structure or use?
14. If an old structure burns down, can it be rebuilt?
15. Can a house be remodeled if it does not meet the required setbacks?
16. Can a parcel be subdivided?
17. What is the basic process for getting a building permit?
18. What is the basic process for getting a planning permit?
19. What are typical fees for planning permit?
20. How do I get help applying for a planning permit?
21. What is the difference between a principally permitted use and a conditionally permitted use?
22. What is the process for annexing a parcel into a City?
23. Does the County enforce covenants, conditions, or restrictions in subdivisions?
24. What Should I do before I dig?