Zoning Update 

The City uses zoning to implement its general plan's land uses and policies. Zoning comprises standards that regulate land use and design, such as where businesses can be located and building heights and setbacks. The zoning map visually represents the various zoning designations, such as commercial and residential. The City's zoning standards, also known as code, are in Title 16 (Development Code) of the Municipal Code, alongside subdivision and public improvement standards.


Currently, the City is undertaking several zoning and Development Code updates described below.


Proposed Industrial Warehouse Ordinance - Updated - September 15, 2023

In 2022, the City Council entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the State of California Attorney General (AG) and a Settlement Agreement with the Sierra Club (Settlement Agreement) as part of the Mariposa Industrial Project (P20-0805).  Per the agreements, the City must propose new industrial warehouse zoning standards for industrial buildings 100,000 square feet in size or larger by the end of the 2023 calendar year. 


Dates & Information

    • December 6, 2022: City Council Mariposa Industrial Project Approval (Hearing Materials)
    • August 10, 2023: Planning Commission Study Session on Draft Ordinance (Informational Materials)
    • August 24, 2023: Planning Commission Information Item on Ad-Hoc Committee (Informational Materials)
    • September 2023: Planning Commission Ad-Hoc Committee Discussions and Stakeholder Outreach
    • September 28, 2023: Planning Commission Study Session on Draft Ordinance (Informational Materials)
    • Fall 2023: Possible Planning Commission Recommendation of Draft Ordinance (Materials Pending)
    • December 2023: Possible Planning Commission Recommendation of Draft Ordinance (Materials Pending)


Development Code Overhaul -Shape Stockton  

Stockton is updating its Development Code and Design Guidelines to align with the General Plan, making zoning and design more user-friendly. The goal is to promote investment in Downtown and underserved areas, preserve neighborhood character, and improve community health and safety. More information on the effort can be found on the Community Development’s Shape Stockton Website.


Existing Documents

The City’s current zoning standards and map can be found at:


2022 Land Use Inconsistency Efforts (Completed)

In 2018, the City implemented a new General Plan. Over the next three years, the City Council approved several amendments to the City's General Plan Land Use Map, Citywide Zoning Map, and Development Code to ensure they aligned with the new plan, as required by State regulations. These changes impacted more than 4,000 properties, necessitating engagement between City staff and property owners. For further information and hearing materials related to the amendment efforts, please refer to the links below.



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/21/2023