Policy Summary

This section provides design guidelines for two target areas within the city, including one where healthy food access is mentioned as a possible priority. The target areas are both included in a mixed-use overlay zone which emphasize, among other things, walkability, bike-ability and accessibility.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Arvin
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Applies only to areas designated as an MUO pedestrian-oriented mixed use overlay zones. See § 17.43.010.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

The MUO pedestrian-oriented mixed use overlay district targets two specific areas, including one that is a vacant area where it is contemplated that healthy food stores could be located, and additional housing be build; the law does not explicity state why these areas are targeted. See §§ 17.43.010(B) and 17.43.050.

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

See, this language: "giving residents easier access to healthy foods." § 17.43.050.

Environmental linkage?

See, e.g., this language: "minimize off-site storm water runoff, promote on-site filtration, and minimize the discharge of pollutants to ground and surface water," "pedestrian routes" and "bicycle routes," which is included in development standard language applicable to all sections located in Chapter 17.43, including this section. § 17.43.040.

Economic linkage?

This section is located in a chapter that sets for development standards for a "mixed-use overlay zone" and prioritizes "development opportunities in key target areas of the community," including "retail and services to provide a convenient shopping option" and "housing opportunities." § 17.43.010.

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose," this language is included in the Chapter: "The city seeks to make the most of development opportunities in key target areas of the community. The MUO [("Mixed-Use Overlay")] zone will be most beneficial in guiding development in these areas. § 17.43.010.

Includes definitions?

Ch. 17.02 has definitions for the zoning code.

Addresses implementation?

Chapter 17.05 sets forth the application procedure for permits and site plan submissions, approval, and review, including findings that the Planning Director should include.

Enforcement provisions?

To the extent any building or structure or any use of property is contrary to the provisions of the title is unlawful and is a public nuisance, the same may be addressed by "abatement, removal" or "enjoinment." § 17.58.030.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section 17.43.050 (Design Guidelines); is located in Title 17 (Zoning), Chapter 17.43 (MUO Pedestrian-Oriented Mixed Use Overly Zone). History: Ord. No. 411, § 3, 12-3-2013.


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