The Zoning Ordinance is the set of laws that carry out the General Plan. Amendments to the zoning ordinance may be initiated by a member of the public or by the city.
Types of Amendments
There are two types of amendments: those that affect the text of written codes, and those that affect the zoning map designations of particular property.
Text Amendments generally do not require an amendment to the General Plan, and may involve adding or modifying language pertaining to standards such as setbacks or allowable uses.
Zoning Map Amendments usually involve an amendment to the General Plan map, since the zoning map designations must be consistent with the General Plan designations. A zoning map amendment is necessary to change the zoning designation (and therefore the allowable uses) of a particular area.