Land Use Regulations

The city has a number of laws to help regulate the use of land, shape our city, and maintain property values. The city's goal is to protect the rights of property owners while protecting the general health, safety and welfare of the community as a whole. The following sections of City Code provide requirements for land use within the city.

(Disclaimer: The city code may not include recent amendments. Please contact staff to confirm the latest regulations.)

  • Zoning Map and Ordinance
    All property within the City is classified into different zoning districts as depicted on the Zoning Map. The Zoning Ordinance details uses that are allowed in each district and the required land use standards and regulations. The Zoning Ordinance also addresses regulations for general building standards, parking and driveways and landscaping as well as procedures for conditional use permits and variances.
  • Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 1001 of City Code)
    The Subdivision Ordinance details the process and requirements for subdividing property. The ordinance includes information on subdivision design standards, public land dedication and required public improvements.
  • Shoreland Management Ordinance (Chapter 1102 of City Code)
    Properties located within 1,000 feet from lakes and 300 feet from streams or rivers are subject to the regulations of the Shoreland Management Overlay District.
  • Floodplain Ordinance (Chapter 1103 of City Code)
    Properties located within the floodplain of any lakes, streams or rivers are subject to the regulations of the Floodplain Management Ordinance. The floodplain boundaries are determined by FEMA on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
  • Sign Ordinance (Chapter 1010 of City Code)
    All signs whether for residential, commercial or industrial purposes are regulated by the sign ordinance. The ordinance details allowed sizes, location and type per zoning district. A Sign Permit is required for all temporary or permanent signage.