zMod - Proposed Amendment to Restaurant Provisions

This proposed amendment focuses on:

  • New definitions for restaurants
  • Where and how restaurants would be permitted
  • Parking requirements

Overall, the updates are to clarify and simplify regulations in order to keep pace with this industry that’s increasingly important to the county’s retail economy.

Why Changes Are Proposed

We also want to modernize our rules to make them more flexible to meet future trends and changes.

Existing rules can:

  • Limit business practices and opportunities to open restaurants in some locations
  • Create unnecessary barriers and permitting difficulties
  • Create challenges in meeting outdated zoning definitions that are based on how restaurants operate

For example, our current rules define restaurants by how they operate, such as whether food is served to customers at tables on non-disposable plates and silverware. Today’s popular fast casual restaurants, like Panera or Pei Wei, blur these outmoded distinctions

What's Proposed

The proposed rules include changes to:

  • Definitions: restaurants would be more generically defined in three categories: restaurant (general); restaurant with a drive-through; or a carryout restaurant
  • Locations: revise the zoning districts to reflect the newly defined uses, and simplify use limitations.
  • Parking:  consider two options—convert the basis for restaurant parking requirements to the square feet of gross floor area, which would be a more stable unit of measurement than seats and employees; or keep the current parking rates pending further study.

Learn More

Amendment Schedule

Planning Commission Land Use Committee

Board Development Processs Committee

Authorization of concept by BOS

Citizen Working Group

Citizen/Industry Engagement

BOS Development Process Cmte./ Draft Text

BOS Authorization with Text

Planning Commission Public Hearing

BOS Public Hearing

July 13

July 18

July 25

August 10


September 19

October 24

November 30

Early 2018

Zoning Ordinance Modernization


Watch a Presentation to the Board of Supervisors on July 18, 2017



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