The City Council has introduced an ordinance that would require new commercial buildings to be built at least eight feet from adjacent residential properties.
The new requirement is intended to combat the problem of so-called "strip commercial" areas such as Pacific Coast Highway, where storefronts and offices abut residences, according to City Manager Gregory Meyer.
The buffer zone created by the ordinance would be a minimum of eight feet between the building and the residential property, with additional setbacks for height. Currently, commercial buildings may be constructed to the property line.
The ordinance will take effect in late November if the council gives it final approval at its Oct. 22 meeting.