The City's main form of land use regulation is through its zoning ordinances, outlined in Chapter 11 of the Golden Valley City Code. It includes requirements and restrictions for the use of property, including location, size, height of building, arrangement of buildings on lots, and density of development. Such a code ensures consistency, good aesthetics, and safety across the city.
The Zoning Chapter of the City Code includes a zoning map that designates specific districts for each land parcel. Golden Valley has 10 different zoning districts (or land use categories) that specify how a parcel is "zoned," or regulated. These districts range from residential (low-density development) to industrial. As with any part of the City Code, the Zoning Chapter is periodically reviewed and amended to reflect changing community standards and goals.