An Ordinance is a City Council action setting forth a rule of public conduct that is considered long-term.  Long-term rules include zoning specifications, appropriations of money for specific purposes, laws of the City, or similar actions of the Council.


A Resolution is formal form of a motion normally utilized to set forth policy of the City.  Resolutions are used for various reasons, such as when specifically required by law, when needed as a separate evidentiary document to be transmitted to another governmental agency.