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
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
"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.