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Community & Economic Development

Mission Statement
The mission of the Los Banos Community & Economic Development Department is to guide the physical development of the City in a manner that will foster positive social and economic growth which is consistent with the goals of the General Plan and build a stronger community by planning, promoting and facilitating economic development; increasing, improving and preserving existing jobs and creating new ones; working to implement the City’s General Plan; and – to as great a degree as possible – working with owners and tenants to increase entrepreneurial opportunity and property values in the community.


Background
The purpose of “planning” and the purpose for the City’s Community & Economic Development Department is to anticipate and provide for the orderly development of land within and around the City of Los Banos. Zoning implements planning and can be defined as the division of a land area (i.e. a city) into districts which specifies categories of use and parameters for development.

Specifically, the City of Los Banos is divided into various commercial and residential zone districts. The zoning code defines which activities or uses are permitted in which zones and provides general development guidelines. For example, the zoning code identifies a single family residence as a permitted use in the R-1 (low density residential) zone district and specifies setbacks from property lines and the maximum height allowance.

If you are planning to open a commercial business, the zoning code will tell you if your business is permitted in the location and zone you have chosen. A planner can help you determine whether or not your business is allowed in a specific area and whether any proposed changes or additions to the site or building will require additional parking spaces or other types of improvements. If you are planning new development, you will need to work closely with the Community & Economic Development Department throughout the development process. Call (209) 827-7000 ext. 133 to speak to a planner for more information.


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Portable Container Registration





All temporary containers shall be registered with the City through the Community and Economic Development Department, prior to the time of placement of the containers. Registration can be done using either the online form or a paper form available in the Community & Economic Development Department at City Hall at 520 J Street. Registration must be received by the Community & Economic Development Department by 4:00 p.m. the last business day before the expected placement of container.

Online registration is simple and easy. All you need to do is fill in the fields below and submit the online form by 4:00 p.m. the last business day before the expected placement of container in order to register. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-7000 ext. 118.


Contact Information

We need your information in case we have to contact you about your registration.

Name* (First and Last)

Business or Organization Name (if applicable)

Address Number* (please enter a numerical value here)

Street Name*
Be sure to include the correct ending (Ct., Way, Ln.). For streets beginning with a direction (e.g. W. J Street) be sure to include the street direction “N, S, E, W.”

Cross Street *
(i.e. Second Street)

Unit Number (if applicable)

Email Address *
This is for our use only to contact you with confirmation of your registration and/or questions regarding your registration.

Phone Number *
Area Code and Number, ex. (209) XXX-XXXX. Again, for your use only if we need to contact you.


Registration Type

What type of container are you registering? You must select one of these options:

Residential – Temporary portable moving containers or household storage containers in residential zones, not to exceed 14 calendar days in one 12 month period. If you need the container for longer than 14 calendar days, please contact the Community & Economic
Development Department to complete an application for a Temporary Uses Permit.

Commercial – Temporary commercial storage containers in non residential zones, not to exceed 14 calendar days in one 12 month period. If you need the container for longer than 14 calendar days, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department to complete an application for a Temporary Uses Permit.

Construction – Temporary construction storage or construction waste containers in conjunction with an approved building permit. If you need the container for longer than 14 calendar days, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department to complete an application for a Temporary Uses Permit.


Temporary Container Use Dates

What date(s) will the temporary container be located at the premises? Include start date and end date.

Date format: month/day/year (ex. 01/31/2016)
Start Date*
to
End Date *

Notes (optional)
Indicate any changes or cancellation of a previously submitted registration


Submit Registration

Selection of each box below is required for submission of registration.



By selecting this box and submitting this registration, you agree to register the placement of a temporary container for the date(s) shown above.

If a correction or cancellation is necessary, please submit another form with the correct information and indicate the cancellation or changes made in the “Notes” section. Corrections or cancellation must be made by the registration deadline to be effective.



By selecting this box and submitting this registration, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the following information in relation to the type of container indicated on this registration form:

Residential: According to Los Banos Municipal Code Sections 9-3.3803(b)(6), all portable moving containers and household storage containers shall be registered with the City prior to the time of the placement of the container, on a form provided by the City. Temporary Portable Moving Containers or Household Storage Containers for residential moving purposes or household storage, not exceeding 14 calendar days in a 12 month period, shall be deemed a use incidental to the residential use of a property. Use in excess of 14 calendar days shall require a temporary use permit. Containers are permitted only on the driveway of the individual residential unit, not permitted in the side yard, back yard, in the public street, or right of way. Containers shall not be placed in the public right of way or overhang the sidewalk. Containers shall be placed a minimum of 2 feet from the front property line. There is a limit of one unit per residential unit.

Commercial: According to Los Banos Municipal Code Sections 9-3.3803(b)(7), all portable storage containers shall be registered with the City prior to the time of the placement of the container, on a form provided by the City. Temporary Commercial Storage Containers not exceeding 14 calendar days in a 12 month period shall be deemed a use incidental to the use of a property in a non-residential zone. Use in excess of 14 calendar days shall require a temporary use permit. Containers are permitted only on an improved surface, not permitted in the public street or right of way. Containers shall be placed a minimum of 2 feet from any property line. There is a limit of one storage container per parcel.

Construction: According to Los Banos Municipal Code Sections 9-3.3803(b)(8), Temporary Construction Storage Containers or Waste Containers in conjunction with an approved building permit and active construction activities shall be deemed a use incidental to the primary use of a property. The container(s) shall be removed within 10 days of receiving a final or ceasing construction activity. In residential zones, Temporary Construction Storage Containers are permitted only on the driveway of the individual residential unit, not permitted in the side yard, back yard, in the public street or right of way. In all zones, Temporary Construction Storage Containers shall not be placed in the public right of way or overhang the sidewalk. Containers shall be placed a minimum of 2 feet from the property line. In residential, Temporary Construction Waste Containers are permitted only on the driveway of the individual residential unit, not permitted in the side yard, back yard, in the public street, or right of way. In all zones, Temporary Construction Waste Containers shall not be placed in the public right of way or overhang the sidewalk. Containers shall be placed a minimum of 2 feet from the property line. Exception: temporary construction waste containers are permitted curbside in the street directly in front of the construction site with the prior written approval of the Community and Economic Director. In residential zones, there is a limit of one storage unit for the storage of equipment and tools and one waste container unit for construction waste per construction site. Any use not in compliance with the foregoing requirements shall require a temporary use permit. All construction storage containers or waste containers shall be registered with the City through the Community and Economic Development Department prior to the time of the placement of the container, on a form provided by the City.

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Garage & Yard Sale Registration





The City of Los Banos encourages residents to host garage and yard sales as a great way to recycle your unwanted household items and make money while doing it. In order to prevent these rummage sales from becoming a proprietary business of a residence, the City of Los Banos adopted Ordinance No. 1144 requiring anyone who wishes to conduct a garage or yard sale to register with the City.

All garage or yard sales shall be registered with the City through the Community and Economic Development Department, prior to the time of the sale. Registration can be done using either the online form or a paper form available in the Community & Economic Development Department at City Hall at 520 J Street. Registration must be received by the Community & Economic Development Department by 4:00 p.m. the last business day before the expected sale.

Online registration is simple and easy. All you need to do is fill in the fields below and submit the online form by 4:00 p.m. the last business day before an expected sale in order to register. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-7000 ext. 118.


Contact Information

Name* (First and Last)

House Number* (enter a numerical value here)

Street Name*
Be sure to include the correct ending (Ct., Way, Ln.). For streets beginning with a direction (e.g. W. J Street) be sure to include the street direction “N, S, E, W.”

Nearest Cross Street *
(i.e. Second Street)

Unit Number (if applicable)

Email Address *
This is for our use only to contact you with confirmation of your registration and/or questions regarding your registration.

Phone Number *
Area Code and Number, ex. (209) XXX-XXXX. Again, for your use only if we need to contact you.


Sale Dates

What date(s) will you be selling? Include start date and end date.
Date format: month/day/year (ex. 01/31/2016)
Start Date (first date of sale)*
to
End Date (last date of sale)*

Notes (optional)
Indicate any changes or cancellation of a previously submitted registration


Submit Registration

Selection of each box below is required for submission of registration.



By selecting this box and submitting this registration, you agree to hold your sale on the date(s) shown between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If a correction or cancellation is necessary, please submit another form with the correct information and indicate the cancellation or changes made in the “Notes” section. Be sure to include your confirmation number. Corrections or cancellation must be made by the registration deadline to be effective.



By selecting this box and submitting this registration, you agree to follow these signage standards:

  • No more than one sign shall be posted on the premises of the garage sale.
  • No more than two freestanding signs shall be posted off-site, subject to the written permission of the property owner on whose property the sign may be placed. Each off-site sign shall not exceed six square feet in area.
  • All signs shall be removed within twenty-four hours of the conclusion of the garage sale.

 

Remember, it is illegal to affix signs to utility poles or traffic lights, street sign poles, in medians, in the public right-of-way, or on any public facility.

The City is authorized to remove garage sale signs that are not in compliance with these standards. Please keep track of your signs and remove according to these standards.



By selecting this box and submitting this registration, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the following:

According to Los Banos Municipal Code Sections 9-3.3803(b)(5)(a-d), four garage or yard sales in any twelve-month period, not exceeding two consecutive days each, shall be deemed a use incidental to the residential use of a property. Garage or yard sales in excess of this limit shall be prohibited in all residential zones. Garage sales are limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No outdoor storage shall be allowed. All sale items shall be removed from public view at the end of each sale date. All merchandise to be sold shall be displayed on a private lot and not within the public right-of-way.

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Community & Economic Development Contacts

To contact the Community & Economic Development Department by phone:
(209) 827-7000 ext. 133

Community & Economic Development Department:

City Hall
520 J Street
Los Banos, CA 93635

To contact us via e-mail:

Stacy Souza Elms
Senior Planner
stacy.elms@losbanos.org

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Housing Element Update

A Housing Element is one of the seven required elements of the General Plan. The Housing Element is also the only document that is standalone. The Housing Element includes a needs assessment, an analysis of opportunities and constraints, a review of past performance, a zoning classification for emergency homeless shelters or special needs housing and finally a policy program to implement. The Housing Element will be in effect from 2009 through 2014.

City of Los Banos Housing Element 2014-2023

Community & Economic Development Documents

City of Los Banos Community Design Standards (28.2 MB)

Rail Trail Corridor Regulating Code (10.7 MB)

*Pending LAFCO Approval

Oct 20, 2010 Zoning Ordinance and Map

Ordinance No. 1095 (5.88 MB)

Zoning Map Oct 20, 2010 (634 KB)

Submittal Requirements

It is recommended that all parties intending to fill out an application contact the Community & Economic Development Department prior to doing so to have a brief discussion with a Planner.

All applications can be typed but signatures must be original and fees must be included so submittal must be in person. Please note that the fee schedule is attached to the Cost Recovery Contract.
To be submitted with ALL applications:

Annexation Submittal Requirements:

Area Plan Submittal Requirements:

Final Development Plan Submittal Requirements:

Lot Line Adjustment Submittal Requirements:

Master Signage Plan Submittal Requirements:
Master Signage Plans must be submitted with Site Plan Submittal

Parcel Map/Minor Subdivision Submittal Requirements:

Parcel Merger Submittal Requirements:

Prezone/Rezone/General Plan Amendment Submittal Requirements:

Reclassification to Planned Development Submittal Requirements:

Site Plan Review Submittal Requirements:

Tentative & Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map Submittal Requirements:

Use Permit Submittal Requirements:

Variance Submittal Requirements:

Zoning Districts

Zoning is the division of the City into districts and the application of different regulations in each district. According to Section 9-3.302 of the Los Banos Municipal Code, no person shall use any land, building, or structure, nor shall any building or structure be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, moved, or used, in any district shown on the zoning map, except in accordance with the provisions pertaining to each zoning district. The following is a list of the several districts into which the City is divided and the provisions associated with each district:

 

Zoning Map Oct 20, 2010

Industrial Park

There are more than 800 acres within the City limits zoned for light to heavy industry; over 40 percent is vacant and available in parcels ranging in size from 1 to 200 acres. Included in this area are two industrial parks, one on the northwest side of the community, the second, approximately 250 acres is zoned for Highway Commercial (HC) and light industrial uses. The terrain is flat. Drainage is good. Subsoil is clay loam, and piling is not required. Sizes of water mains range from 4 to 12 inches. Sizes of sewer lines range from 6 to 24 inches.

The G Street Industrial Park, home of Kagome Foods, offers many condominium style offices still available to the public, as well as a 23,000 sq. ft. building formerly housed by Fisher Laboratories.

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Los Banos Street Index

FAQs

The Community & Economic Development Department consists of the Planning and Economic Development divisions. The Department is located at Los Banos City Hall at 520 J Street in Los Banos. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Zone changes and General Plan amendments require Planning Commission review and the approval of the City Council. Zone changes require a General Plan amendment if the proposed zoning district is not consistent with the General Plan.
Accessory structures less than 120 square feet or seven feet in height are allowed in the required side or rear setback within five feet of a property line. A structure of this size is allowed without any zoning approvals or a building permit. Any accessory structure in excess of 120 square feet, up to 12 feet in height will be subject to the requirements set forth by Section 18.56.010B of the zoning ordinance.
First, determine the zoning district your property is located by checking the City’s zoning map or calling the Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-7000 ext. 118. Then, look up the permitted uses for your zoning district. If your use is not listed in the permitted use section, check the conditional use section to determine if your use requires a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Some general uses that typically require a CUP includes drive-through restaurants, gas stations, childcare facilities, and educational facilities.
All business identification signs (new or replacement signs) must be reviewed and approved by the Community & Economic Development Department and obtain a building permit prior to installation. Most multi-tenant and business park areas have Uniform Sign Programs that the sign needs to conform to. All signs must conform to the Sign Code (Chapter 18.76 of the Municipal Code).
Please refer to Chapter 18.50, Off-Street Parking And Paving Standards of the zoning ordinance
The term setback means the required distance separating a building or structure from a property line. Setback regulations for buildings are included in the Zoning Ordinance under Title 18. Setbacks regulations for accessory structures are included in the Zoning Ordinance under Chapter 18.56 Title 18
Some parcels have flood zone designations as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that require certain development standards that are established in the municipal code. A parcel’s flood zone designation predicts the likelihood of the parcel enduring flood damage over 100 to 500 year periods. The Planning Division and our Public Works Engineering Division can provide flood zone information to interested property owners. For more general information about flood zones and flood insurance, you can contact the National Flood Insurance Program at (800) 638-6620.
In rare cases, property owners can be granted an exception from a development standard, such as setback requirements or coverage limitations. A variance can only be granted for relief from a particular development standard; a variance can never be granted to allow land uses prohibited by the property’s zone classification.Minor exceptions to building setbacks and height limits may be approved by the Community & Economic Development Director. Please refer to Chapter 18.57 of the Zoning Ordinance to determine if a minor exception is possible.