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The City of Burbank has numerous land use and development policies, guidelines, and regulatory documents that guide the physical, environmental and economic development of the community. The City Council adopts these documents after involvement of the community and appointed and elected officials. GeneralPlan

The Burbank2035 General Plan is a guiding document that identifies the 20-year vision for the City. It focuses on preserving single-family residential neighborhoods, while designating key commercial areas for targeted growth and development. The General Plan sets the framework by which all other city plans and regulations must fall within. The following documents are supplemental parts to the General Plan:

  • Housing Element - a five-year plan to meet current and future housing needs for the City; and
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Citywide in accordance with AB 32.  

Specific and Master Plans are adopted zoning regulations and land use policies for designated properties, neighborhoods, or areas within the City. These plans often identify specific types of land uses, development standards, or design guidelines for a specific geographic location. The City of Burbank has three adopted Specific Plans – North San Fernando, Burbank Center Plan, and the Media District – which are incorporated by reference in the City’s General Plan and Zoning Chapter of the Municipal Code. Additionally, the City has adopted special zoning standards for two neighborhoods within the City, including the Rancho Master Plan and Magnolia Park.  

Zoning regulations are included as Chapter 10 of the Municipal Code and outlines specific land use and development regulations for each property within the City. This document identifies the specific types of land uses (and businesses) allowed throughout the City, as well as sets height limits, building setbacks, landscaping requirements, and other development standards for each zoning district in the City. The Zoning Ordinance helps implement the General Plan. The Zoning Map, the geographical display of zoning districts and Specific Plan areas, identifies each properties zoning district designation.

Subdivision regulations are included as Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code and is based on the State Subdivision Map Act. The ordinance regulations all divisions of land and air space within the City.

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