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.


Three (3) joint Study Sessions of the Planning Commission and City Council have been scheduled to allow the public, along with Commission and Council, to review initial drafts of the sections.  All three meetings will be in the Dixon City Council Chambers. Please see "Documents" section below for details of these meetings, including what will be covered in each, draft documents that will be reviewed at each meeting, and public notice and flyer. the 1st meeting was conducted and Sessions 2 and 3 will be held on dates below

  • Session #1 - Tuesday, 1/31/2023, 6:30p.m. - COMPLETED - Draft Regulations and Zoning Map for the 1st study session are available now for review below in "Documents" section below 
  • Session #2 - Monday, 3/20/2023, 6:30 p.m.  Draft Citywide Standards for the 2nd study session are available now for review below in "Documents" section below new
  • Session #3 - Monday, 4/24/2023, 6:30 p.m. To be posted below, 10-14 days before the meeting

For anyone with questions or comments about the study sessions or items to be discussed that evening, we are offering an "drop in" office hour with staff from from 5-6pm, on each of the three study session dates, in City Hall. 

You are also always welcome to email to set up a separate appointment (contact information 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 Outdated regulations can sometimes hinder community objectives and economic development.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, tentatively concluding by winter of 2023.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.


Study Session Documents for Joint Planning Commission/City Council Study Sessions in Jan, Feb and March 2023
Study Session #1 (Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 6:30 pm)
Study Session #2 (Monday, March 20, 2023, 6:30 pm)
  • Draft Citywide Standards, February 2023 (Posted 3/7/23)
  • Staff Report for March 20th Study Session, March 8, 2023 (Posted 3/7/23)
  • Video from March 20th Study Session (to be posted after the meeting)
Study Session #3 (Monday, April 24, 2023, 6:30 pm)
  • Documents for this session to be posted here no later than at least 10 days before meeting 
Workshop and Survey Input Summary (September - October 2022)
  • Workshop and Survey Input Summary, September 2022. Presentation of this summary was provided to Planning Commission (October 11, 2022) and City Council (October 18, 2022) 
  • Planning Commission meeting staff report and video (starts at 1:09 into the meeting) from October 11, 2022 meeting
  • City Council meeting staff report and video from October 18, 2022 meeting
  • On-line survey and hardcopy survey available form July 20th through August 31st 
Community Workshops  (July - August 2022)
Other Resources 
Existing City Documents


Three (3) joint Study Sessions of the Planning Commission and City Council have been scheduled to allow the public, along with Commission and Council, to review initial drafts of the sections.  

All three meetings will be in the Dixon City Council Chambers. Details of these meetings, including what will be covered in each, is in the attached notice 

  • Session #1 - Tuesday, 1/31/2023, 6:30 p.m. - Completed 
  • Session #2 - Monday, 3/20/2023, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Session #3 - Monday, 4/24/2023, 6:30  p.m.

Office hours hosted by Raffi Boloyan, Community Development Director, and Martha Miller, consultant, will be held before each session, from 5pm-6pm on the night of each of the 3 study sessions in City Hall. 


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 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.

March 8, 2022, the Planning Commission was presented with the Recommendations Memo which summarized 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. A copy of the staff report with the recommendations memo can viewed here. Video, including the presentations, can be viewed at 3/8/22 Planning Commission meeting (Starts at 2:01:25 into the meeting)

On Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, 2022, the City hosted two public workshops to solicit input on the Zoning Ordinance update process. Video of the power point and audio from the room can be viewed here  - July 20th video/July 21st video. For materials from this workshop, including the survey form, presentation board, presentation slides, please see project documents above.

January 31, 2023  - The Planning Commission and City Council held a joint study session to review  Draft Zoning Ordinance (specifically the Draft District and Use regulations and Draft Zoning Map). Video from meeting. Documents from meeting are listed above


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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.