Ordinances are used to establish local laws and regulations enforceable within the limits of the city's boundaries. The ordinances prescribe general unit form and permanent rules relating to the corporate affairs of the city. Zoning ordinances have extraterritorial jurisdiction in the two-mile limit beyond the city boundaries.
Prior to the adoption of a zoning ordinance, the Council must first hold a formal hearing for public discussion. In order for any ordinance to pass on first reading, it must be approved by the majority of all members elected to the Council (not just those Council members present).
Ordinances must be read at three different City Council meetings unless the statutory rules are suspended by a three-fourths vote of the Council. After passage, ordinances are published legally according to statute and the majority are codified into the City Code.
Any previous legislation passed not available online in the Archive Center can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk at (402) 375-1733.