Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map Update

In July 2021, the City of Dixon embarked on a comprehensive update to the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map that will result in a user-friendly Zoning Ordinance that serves as an effective tool to implement the recently adopted General Plan, shape future growth, and help realize the community’s vision of preserving and enhancing the small town character, while also providing for new growth that enhances quality of life, including new jobs that provide employment for local residents and a range of housing types that will be affordable to people of all ages.

This webpage serves as your one-stop shop for information about the project. We invite you to take a look around, share your thoughts, and check back often for updates on the process and to review draft documents.

Latest News

The City of Dixon is embarking on a comprehensive update of its Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map! Sign up here to receive updates on the process and hear about opportunities to participate.

  • October 5, 2021, the City selects and approves contract with Miller Planning Associates to lead the Zoning Ordinance and Map update process. 
  • February 1 and February 8, 2022, the City Council and Planning Commission at their respective meetings received a presentation on an introduction to the zoning ordinance update project  
  • March 8, 2022, the Planning Commission, at their regular meeting, will receive a Recommendations Memo to review and comment on related to the framework and major areas of focus for the upcoming update. Staff report will be available by the Friday March 4th at noon at the City's meetings/agenda page The recommendation memo is available now, in the "project documents" section below


Why Update the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map?

The current Zoning Ordinance, Title 18 in the Municipal Code, has not been updated comprehensively in decades. Outdated regulations can sometimes hinder community objectives and economic development.

The recent adoption of the General Plan 2040 has created an obligation and opportunity for a comprehensive update of the Zoning Ordinance, creating a concise and user-friendly set of regulations that will clearly communicate and effectively implement the new General Plan’s policies and incorporate its carefully crafted direction for the development, maintenance, and improvement of land and properties.

What is a Zoning Ordinance?

While the General Plan sets forth a wide-ranging and long-term vision for the City, the Zoning Ordinance specifies how each individual property can be used to achieve those objectives. Zoning is the body of rules and regulations that control what is built on the ground, and what uses occupy buildings and sites. Zoning determines the form and character of development, such as the size and height of buildings, and also includes provisions to ensure that new development and uses will fit into existing neighborhoods by establishing the rules for being a “good neighbor.”

Zoning Ordinances typically do the following:

  • Divide a city into various zones;
  • List permitted uses within those zones;
  • Provide for conditional and accessory uses;
  • Establish development standards such as building heights, setbacks, lot coverage, parking, signage, and landscaping; and
  • Provide for administrative procedures for variances, conditional use permits, design review and zone changes or text amendments.

What is the Process and How Long Will It Take?

The City has taken the first steps to initiate the project, selection of the consultant to lead the efforts. The City recently hired Miller Planning Associates (MPA), along with RRM Design Group, to lead the Zoning Ordinance update project. The project will move from research and evaluation of City policies, regulations, and development to the development of an overall framework for the new Zoning Ordinance. New and updated regulations will be drafted for review and consideration and revised, based on input received. The community is encouraged to participate throughout the process which we anticipate will take about 1.5-2 years.

Who Can Participate?

All residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within Dixon are encouraged to take part in this project and shape the future of the community.

How Can I Get Involved?

We are soliciting citizen participation in all phases of the project. There are many ways to get involved! See below for participation information.



Request for Proposal for Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Map Update, Issued July 9, 2021 

Contract Approval Staff Report for Miller Planning Associates, City Council October 5, 2021 

Project Documents 

Presentation to Planning Commission and City Council (Feb 1 and Feb 8, 2022) on introduction to the update

Recommendations Memo, Feb 2022 (to be presented at the March 8, 20200 Planning Commission meeting) 

Additional documents developed for the project will be located here as they become available.

Existing City Documents

Current Zoning Ordinance

General Plan

Specific Plans


Upcoming Meetings

On Tuesday, 3/8 at 7pm, the Planning Commission will be presented with the Recommendations Memo which will summarize the principal findings of the initial assessment of the current Zoning Code and present “big ideas” for the update, which will be further developed and refined as draft regulations are created. 

Meetings to Date

Feb 1 and Feb 8, 2022, the City Council and Planning Commission received the same presentation at their respective meetings. These presentations were an introduction to to the project, with an overview of zoning, the scope of project, next steps and some preliminary discussion points. A copy of the presentation can be viewed here. Video, including the presentations, can be viewed 2/1/22 City Council and 2/8/22 Planning Commission meetings

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Contact Us

City staff are available to answer questions or to provide additional information on the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map Update project. Email Raffi Boloyan, Community Development Director at rboloyan@cityofdixon.us.