Title 18 of the Lincoln Municipal Code is the “Zoning Ordinance” that applies to land within the City limits. The Zoning Ordinance assigns every piece of land in the City to a “zone” that describes the rules under which that land may be used. Some of the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance are:
- to regulate the use of buildings, structures, and land;
- to regulate the location, height, bulk, number of stories and size of structures;
- to regulate the size and use of lots, yards, courts, and other open spaces;
- to regulate the percentage of a lot which may be occupied by a building or structure;
- to regulate the intensity of land use; and
- to establish and maintain building setback lines
California State law requires that the City have a zoning ordinance in place that is consistent with the City's General Plan. The Zoning Ordinance represents one of the most important means of implementing the City's General Plan. Click on the link below to read the California Government Code sections regulating Planning and Zoning. You may also link to the General Plan by clicking below.
The Zoning Ordinance contains detailed information about each of the established zones within the City. For each zone, the ordinance provides a list of the permitted uses, the conditional uses, and regulations for minimum setbacks, height, width, maximum lot coverage, and more. Information on each zoning district can be found in the following chapters of the Municipal Code:
|R-1 || Single Family Residential || Chapter 18.12 |
|R-2 || Duplex Residential || Chapter 18.14 |
|R-3 || Multiple Residential || Chapter 18.16 |
|R-E || Residential Estate || Chapter 18.18 |
|B-P || Business and Professional || Chapter 18.20 |
|C || Commercial || Chapter 18.22 |
|H-C || Highway Commercial || Chapter 18.24 |
|L-I || Light Industrial || Chapter 18.26 |
|I || Industrial || Chapter 18.28 |
|A-D || Agricultural || Chapter 18.29 |
|O-S || Open Space || Chapter 18.30 |
|PD || Planned Development || Chapter 18.32 |
The Zoning Ordinance also includes information about accessory structures, parking and loading requirements, Conditional Use Permits, Design Review, the Planning Commission, and the Lincoln Municipal Airport Hazard Zones. You may click below to download the Zoning Ordinance. You may also click below to link to more specific information regarding some of the chapters of the Zoning Ordinance.
Planning Commission procedures are also included in the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission consists of five members who are appointed by the City Council to four-year terms. In general, their function is to hear and review matters related to planning and development in the City, and either make a determination or make a recommendation to the City Council. Click on the link below for The Planning Commissioner's Book, which contains more information about the functions of the Planning Commission.
If you are interested in applying to develop in the City of Lincoln, please click on the Development Applications link below. From there, you may download applications for Design Review, Conditional Use Permits, Specific Development Plans, Rezones, and many others.
Development Services Department
City of Lincoln
600 Sixth Street
Lincoln, CA 95648
(916) 645-3552 fax
This online book created by the Governer's Office of Planning and Research contains information for Planning Commissioners, but also serves as an informational tool for anyone interested in the functions of a Planning Commission.
Twelve Bridges General Development Plan (pdf) 4898k
Zoning Map - October 2012 (pdf) 3305k
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Lincoln Crossing General Development Plan (pdf) 9085k
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