Glendale Zoning Ordinance
This Ordinance controls the land uses allowed for property and implements the General Plan. The Ordinance establishes many zoning districts that control the use and property restrictions such as height of buildings and structures, required building setbacks, density, coverage, and lot sizes. Processes are established for amending the Zoning Map or text, conditional use permits, sign review, and when there is need to apply for a variance to the property standards.
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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, which has become an internationally recognized benchmark for environmentally friendly building construction, operation, and maintenance. More Information>>
Planning Information Contact System
In an effort to provide citizens with optimal customer service, the Planning Department has created a dedicated telephone number and email address for planning related inquiries. Citizens who opt to leave a voice/email message can expect a staff response within a 24 hour period. Inquiries can be left at
623-930-3689 or via email at email@example.com
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The Next Step
The City Council adopted on May 28, 2002, and the voters ratified the city’s General Plan, which is the City Council’s official policy statement to guide the physical development of the community. It is adopted by resolution and sets the vision of how the community should physically grow in the future. Any future rezoning request must be consistent with the General Plan. The City’s Capital Improvement Program must also be consistent with the General Plan.
Annexation & Population
The City of Glendale has grown from one square mile in 1910 to over 59 square miles in 2011. This has been done through annexation of property from unincorporated Maricopa County to the city. State statues sets forth a general procedure and the Planning Department helps to facilitate the process for property owners. The city has an adopted annexation policy to guide this process.
According to the 2010 census, the population of Glendale is 226,721.
Design Review is critical to promote quality development that meets city’s goals and is compatible with surrounding areas. In general, any single-family, multi-residence, office, commercial, or industrial project would be subject to Design Review.
Historic Preservation Plan and Ordinance
The Plan sets forth the policy for historic preservation and the Ordinance establishes the Historic Preservation Commission, historic district, and administration.
Other Items of Interest:
- 2012 Community Development Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2012 per CPI Increase
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- Consumer Fireworks Zoning Information - Click here to view now (pdf).
- Banner Display Program - Click here for more information (pdf).
- Glendale Avenue and Loop 101
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- American Planning Association Code of Ethics - Click here