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City To Vote On Revamped Building Codes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 8, 2013

David Kwong is the city's Planning Director. He says updating Sacramento's 50-year-old zoning code is major.

"From my standpoint, this is one of those projects you maybe get to do in your career once or twice."

Builders have complained that it takes too long to get projects started in the city. Kwong and his staff have modified regulations, based on the city's recently revised General Plan, to improve the handling of zoning and building codes...
"…in an easier and more streamlined way and in a more business friendly way. So it really implements the General Plan."
The new codes allow taller buildings and greater densities in commercial zones which matches the city's goal of encouraging mixed uses in urban areas.
But Kwong says the revised codes don't take away from the hearing process.
"We're still going to have the opportunity for neighborhood groups to be able to voice their concerns."
If approved by the City Council, the revised building codes would take effect in the fall.
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