Zoning Code Update

What is the Zoning Code?
The Zoning Code is the set of rules that identifies how individual properties within the City can be used. It also sets standards for how buildings may be developed or changed. The Zoning Code is structured by dividing the City into districts and then identifying what can occur in each district. The Zoning Map, available here, shows where the City’s zoning districts are located. The Zoning Code also has standards that apply to all districts, such as parking, landscaping, screening, signage, etc. State law requires that the Zoning Code’s regulations are consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

What is the Zoning Code Update Project?
The City of Roseville is updating its Zoning Code in 2021 to make sure its zoning regulations are consistent with the goals, policies, and maps in the recently adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan. In addition, specific Zoning Code inconsistencies and issues identified by the City Council and City Staff will be studied as part of this project. A preliminary list of the updates being considered is available here.

What is the 2040 Comprehensive Plan?
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a document that is a tool for guiding the growth, redevelopment, and overall improvement of the City. While the most recognized part of the Comprehensive Plan is its land use plan, the plan also includes goals, objectives, and strategies that direct actions related to housing, economic development, transportation, parks, trails, open space, environmental protection, and utilities. To meet state law and to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan is reflective of the community’s vision and current trends, the Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years. The most recent Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2020, looks out to 2040. More information about the 2040 Comprehensive Plan can be found on the City’s webpage at www.cityofroseville.com/CompPlan.

Why does the Zoning Code need to be updated?
The City is updating its code now, in part, because State law requires a city to review and update its Zoning Code after it has adopted a new comprehensive plan. These potential updates will address specific standards in some zoning districts, parking, landscaping/screening, wetland, shoreland, and definitions sections of the Zoning Code. The project will also explore opportunities to incorporate sustainability/resiliency and racial equity/inclusion elements into the Zoning Code.

What is the project schedule?
The first phase of the Zoning Code Update Project will occur between January and June of 2021 and focus on the required updates to achieve alignment with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The second phase will extend from June to December 2021 and will evaluate the potential updates identified by the City Council and City staff. A graphic of the project schedule is available here.

How can I be involved?
There will be a variety of opportunities to provide input throughout the project. Due to the ongoing pandemic, most of the opportunities in the next few months will occur virtually. At any point of the process please feel free to send questions or comments directly to planning@cityofroseville.com.