New County-wide Land Development Ordinance

New County-Wide Land Development Ordinance


As a comprehensive update to existing Ordinance No. 348, which is the "Riverside County Land Use Ordinance," the County is preparing a NEW County-Wide Land Development Ordinance.

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Ordinance No. 348 (existing)

Ordinance Background

The existing Land Use Ordinance ("Ordinance") was adopted by Ordinance No. 348 in 1949. This Ordinance has been amended over 4,800 times in about 69 years; however, it has never been comprehensively updated.

The existing Ordinance includes sixty-four articles and 484 sections. The Ordinance provides land use planning and zoning regulations and related functions that implements the County's policy, such as the General Plan policy.

Land Development Ordiance Goals
  1. Make the Land Use Ordinance easier to understand and use by the general public, as well as staff.
  2. Generalize land use categories.
  3. Generalize land uses
  4. Clarify the processing of applications.
  5. Organize the document in a clear way.
Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR)

Notice of Availabiltiy (NOA) of the Draft EIR for the new County-wide Land Development Ordinance. SCH#2018081007.

Notice of Availability (PDF)

Comment Period

October 16, 2018 through November 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Project Information

Project Summary: The new Ordinance No. 944 includes the existing language of Ordinance No. 348, but modifies it by
reorganizing/restructuring the language, consolidating procedural requirements for developing
properties and permitting uses, consolidating zones and providing consistency in development standards,
and clarifying/defining all special provisions.

NOTE: The existing Ordinance No. 348 will remain in effect for the purpose of determining allowable uses
and development standards for approved specific plans within the unincorporated area that remain
unchanged. The proposed Project (Ordinance) will be a new and separate ordinance from Ordinance No.
348. Unless stated otherwise, the provisions of the new Ordinance would govern new development,
revised permits and substantial conformances associated with existing land use entitlements and Specific

The Project would apply to substantial conformances, revised permits and new development. No specific
development or land uses are proposed with the Project. Additionally, existing non-conforming uses and
structures will be regulated by the Project. As discussed in more detail in Section 3.4, Land Use and
Planning, existing non-conforming uses and structures would be able to continue as non-conforming,
rather than be phased out and required to convert to an allowed or conditionally allowed use as is
required under Ordinance No. 348. Under existing and proposed conditions, non-conforming uses and
structures are still subject to all other applicable local, state and federal regulations, including the County’s
various nuisance ordinances such as noise and lighting. The primary difference relative to amortization is
that, with the proposed Project, existing legal non-conforming uses or structures could continue without
having to convert to an allowed or conditionally allowed use, provided that the affected parcel does not
otherwise trigger the loss of the legal non-conforming status. Continuation of an existing legal nonconforming
use or structure does not represent a “new” project or “new” environmental impact, as these
uses exist now and are part of the existing environmental baseline pursuant to CEQA.

At the conclusion of preparing the Draft EIR, it was determined that it was no longer necessary to have both a new land use ordinance, Ordinance No. 944, and the County’s current land use ordinance, Ordinance No. 348. As a result, the current Ordinance No. 348 will now be amended in its entirety to include the proposed language set forth in Ordinance No. 944; Ordinance No. 944 will no longer be processed as part of this Project. Although organizational changes may have occurred, no substantive changes have been made to the Project’s proposed language. The proposed language will now appear exclusively in Ordinance No. 348, and not Ordinance No. 944. This change only represents an administrative change to the Project Description; the EIR’s analysis, alternatives, and impact determinations remain exactly the same as evaluated in the Draft EIR.

Project Location: The proposed Project is countywide, encompassing the unincorporated land in Riverside. Riverside County
(County) encompasses approximately 7,295 square miles, roughly 4.6 million acres, stretching across 200 miles
of Southern California from the Colorado River and Arizona border on the east to within 9 miles of the Pacific
Ocean to the west (refer to Exhibit 2.1, Project Location of the Draft EIR). Riverside County is bounded by San Bernardino
County to the north, San Diego and Imperial Counties to the south, Arizona to the east, and Orange County
(and metropolitan Los Angeles) to the west.

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Documents


Update to the Project Description (PDF)

Notice of Availability (PDF)

Notice of Preparation (PDF)

Ordinance Documents

The documents below exclude any reference to cannabis and cannabis regulation, since these have not been approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Chapter I            Chapter II E
Chapter II A   Chapter II F
Chapter II B   Chapter III
Chapter II C   Chapter IV
-Chapter II D   Land Use and Development Standards Table


CEQA Notice of Preparation

Notice of Preparation (NOP)*: Comment Period August 1, 2018 through August 30, 2018.

Public Scoping Meetings*: August 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. (Riverside) and August 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. (Palm Desert)

*Please see NOP for further information.

Contact Information

Keith Gardner

TLMA Administrative Services Manager

(951) 955-3200

Public Outreach

Work Shop Schedule

Planning Commission

Workshop 1: Organization (March 21, 2018)

Workshop 2: Chapter 1, Administration (May 2, 2018)

Workshop 3: Chapter 2, Zones, Residential (June 6, 2018)

Workshop 4: Chapter 2, Zones, Commercial / Industrial (August 1, 2018)

Workshop 5: Chapter 2, Zones, Agricultural / Open Space / Resources (August 15, 2018)

Workshop 6: Chapter 3 / 4, Provisions / Definitions (September 5, 2018)

Workshop 7: Interpretations (September 19, 2018)