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Zoning Code & Signage Updates!

To many folks it may not sound very exciting, but here at the City we’re really enthusiastic about what we’re doing to update and better clarify portions of the City’s Zoning Code and the Sign Ordinance!

One of the main priorities of the City Council is to build and maintain a business friendly environment. In the City’s ongoing efforts to better meet this goal, Staff has been working on what’s known as the “Land Use Definitions” chapter of the City’s Zoning Code for ease of use and to better reflect current times. This portion of the Zoning Code defines hypothetical land uses so that staff and the public can easily understand and interpret what land uses are appropriate in each zoning district.

The update will simplify land use definitions to make it easier for the public to determine just what they can do with their property, and is designed to recognize current development trends such as microbreweries, clean industrial uses and other contemporary land uses that are not currently categorized.  The update will also amend some of the land use definitions for consistency with current state law. The end goal of this project is to ensure that the City can continue to accommodate the quality and type of development that is anticipated by the City’s General Plan while responding to current development needs. It’s very important to note that the City is not making any changes to current zoning, but is striving to clarify the Zoning Code for ease of use.

The updated land use definitions will become part of a new effort to repackage the City’s Zoning Code into a new “Zoning Handbook”, which is to be graphically reorganized for ease of use and legibility. The new Zoning Handbook will not be a rewrite of the City’s Zoning Code, but it will place the most commonly referenced policies such as land use and property development standards into a separate document that is easy to interpret and understand, and will act as a quick reference guide for both City staff and the community.

In addition to updates to the Zoning Code, staff is also seeking ways to facilitate enhanced signage for Atascadero businesses. We will be incorporating what we’ve learned from our recent Atascadero Signage Campaign to amend the current sign regulations with emphasis on clarifying and updating the ordinance. We’re working to achieve improved identification signage while better communicating the types of signage that the City and the community support. The amendment to the sign ordinance will add new illustrations, graphics and design standards to assist businesses with appropriate sign design and identification while at the same time helping to eliminate any perceived need for temporary and oftentimes unattractive signage. 

As always, if you have any questions about this or any other topic related to the City, please feel free to contact me at


Category: City Manager's Office

The City of Atascadero values transparency, especially when it comes to questions regarding the compensation of public employees. The information below provides a wide range of information regarding compensation for City staff.

The Salary Schedule serves as the pay scale for the City Staff. All positions are listed in the scale.

Salary Schedule

Memorandums of Understanding are signed between the City and each of the City’s four employee associations. MOU’s specify benefits and employment terms for employees in that particular employee association.

2017 Fire MOU

2016 Police MOU

2016 SEIU MOU 

2016 Mid-Managers MOU

2017 Executive Management Resolution


Actual Salary and Benefit Information - Historical

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2016

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2015

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2014

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2013

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2012

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2011

Actual Salary and Benefit Information 2010

Category: City Manager's Office

Mission Statement:

Support the City Council,
provide leadership to the Organization
and legendary service to the Community,
by being accountable, responsive, compassionate and connected.


City Manager - Rachelle Rickard: 805-470-3400
Deputy City Manager - City Clerk: Lara Christensen: 805-470-3454
Deputy City Manager - Marketing/Promotions/Events: Terrie Banish: 805-470-3490
Personnel Specialist - Delma Meyer: 805-470-3414
IT Manager - Luke Knight: 805-470-3452
Under the direction of the City Manager, the City Manager’s office supervises and administers the programs and services provided by all departments within the City of Atascadero. Specifically, the City Manager’s office performs the following:
  • Administers policies and programs approved by the City Council.
  • Provides timely information to the City Council concerning pending State, Local or Federal legislation which may have an impact upon the City of Atascadero.
  • Evaluates and monitors staff’s progress on Council established policies and programs, and fosters greater employee awareness of City problems, programs, and priorities.
  • Responds to and follows-up on citizen inquiries or concerns regarding City programs and services.
  • Maintains a viable link between the City and news media regarding City activities, concerns and accomplishments.
  • Provides liaison and works to resolve mutual local problems through various intergovernmental regional/sub-regional agencies such as San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, San Luis ObispoCounty and other RegionalState wide agencies.
  • Manages the recruitment, testing, selection and employee development.
  • Manages technology services for all City departments.
  • Conducts labor relations on behalf of the entire City and enforces the personnel rules and regulations.
Current Projects
The City Manager’s office is presently working on the following major projects:
  • Enhance revenues and find cost savings
  • Implement economic development strategy
  • Continue the Citywide Strategic Planning Program
  • Continue the Downtown Improvement Program
  • Expand the City’s effort to develop tourism
  • Continue the citywide records management program
  • Expand the City’s legislative advocacy effort
  • Extend the use of Technology
  • Implement the Council’s Strategic Planning Goals
  • Assess and update all operating policies and ordinances
  • Maintain an employee handbook to improve employee knowledge of City programs and personnel policies.
  • Update the Municipal Code.
Contact us:

Rachelle Rickard:  805-470-3400,
Lara Christensen: 805-470-3454,
Terrie Banish: 805-470-3490,
Delma Meyer: 805-470-3414,
Luke Knight: 805-470-3452,


Category: City Manager's Office

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