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Planning Our Community
The Planning Division processes current and long-range planning projects. 

Current planning projects include:

  • Zoning Map Amendments 2B - Review of various locations in the City to change the General Plan Land Use and Zoning Designation to reflect new policy direction in certain areas of the City.
  • Downtown Development Code and Design Manual - Includes new Zoning Text and Design Standards for Downtown Colton.

Advanced Planning projects include:

  • General Plan Update (Completed August 2013)
  • Housing Element Update (Completed March 2014)
  • Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) (Completed February 2015) - Follow-up steps in process
  • Climate Action Plan (CAP) Draft ready to review - Link to Sustainability Webpage.   Scheduled for November 3, 2015 City Council Meeting.

Colton General Plan Land Use Element - Community Vision

In Colton, the development, use and maintenance of public and private lands will always:

  • Respect our heritage and historic resources;
  • Protect our traditional suburban development pattern and residential neighborhoods while accommodating new, more urban approaches to development;
  • Provide opportunities for diverse business that generate revenue and employment; and
  • Promote high-quality design.

The information in this web page include projects that take into account the City's Community Vision in reviewing and developing or updating advanced and current planning projects within the City's Boundary.


Downtown Development Code and Design Manual

Project Summary:  The study area covers 258 acres of Downtown Colton.  The project is funded through Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.  Project goals include addressing infill/compact development patterns, encouraging a mix of uses, improving of uses, improving the pedestrian environment, enhancing mobility, creating incentives for market-driven redevelopment, and establishing design criteria to facilitate a unique and attractive downtown.  

The planning process will result in a Zoning Code Update and Design Manual.  The City has retained RRM Design Group to work on this effort with staff and the community.

Key City Staff: Mark Tomich, Art Morgan, Mario Suarez

Contract Consulting Firm: RRM Design Group: Jami Williams, Diane Bathgate

February 26, 2015 Stakeholders Meeting:  Summary of Meeting Comments

March 19, 2015 Community Workshop #1: See Flyer

March 19, 2015 Community Workshop #1 PowerPoint Presentation and Summary Notes of Meeting:

PowerPoint Presentation of Workshop #1

Summary of Meeting Notes

September 24, 2015 Community Workshop #2 at Le Rendez-Vous Café: See Flyer

September 24, 2015 Community Workshop #2 Vision Poster, PowerPoint Presentation and Summary Notes of Meeting:

Vision Poster

PowerPoint Presentation September 24, 2015 Workshop #2
Summary Notes of Meeting


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Downtown Identity: Establish branding and cohesive signage, including a gateway sign visible from the freeway that encourages tourists, commuters, passers-by to stop and directs them to key businesses and attractions, secondary gateways to welcome residents from adjacent neighborhoods and a downtown wayfinding program.


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