Planning Division Weekly Updates

Dec 2, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

Planning Division

City Hall
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Happy Holidays!
Mark Your Calendars for City Hall Closures

From all of us at the City of San Mateo, we wish our community a safe and happy holiday season. City Hall and respective offices will be closing as followed:

Christmas Eve – December 24th  (Closed @ Noon)
Christmas Day – December 25th  
(Closed All Day)
New Year's Eve – December 31st  (Closed @ Noon)
New Year's Day – January 1st   
(Closed All Day)

Planning Commission

Next Meeting:
December 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Council Chambers

PA18-038: 1600-1620 S. El Camino Real & 1541-1543 Jasmine Street

PA-2018-038 / 1600-1620 S. El Camino Real and 
1535-1543 Jasmine Street
A formal preliminary Planning Application “Pre-App” has been submitted to demolish the existing on-site structures, to be replaced by two buildings totaling 74,990 square feet on a 37,500 square foot site. The project consists of a five-story mixed-use building along the S. El Camino Real frontage, which includes office on the ground floor and 36 residential units in the four stories above, totaling 63,654 square feet. The project includes eight (8) two-story townhomes along the Jasmine Street frontage, totaling 11,336 square feet. The project also proposes 82 underground parking spaces.
The Planning Commission will hold a Study Session at City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.


(Click the Notice to view)

Neighborhood Meeting and Study Session

PA-2019-038 / 1919 O’Farrell Street

PA-2019-038 / 1919 O’Farrell Street

The proposed project consists of the redevelopment of the 30,994 sf (0.71 acre) lot with a mixed-use project consisting of a four-story 48-unit residential apartment community and 2,665 SF of commercial office space with one level of below grade parking. The residential component consists of a combination of 1 bedroom/1 bath and 2 bedroom/2 bath living units with private open space balconies, organized as four stories of stacked flats over one level of subterranean parking. The parking ratio of 1 space/1 BR and 2 spaces/2 BR (no guest parking) is achieved via the State Density Bonus of 32.5% with 10% of the total living units (4 total) targeted as very low income households.

Pending Zoning Administrator Decision

PA-2019-018 / 2800 Hacienda Street

PA-2019-018 / 2800 Hacienda Street

Single Family Dwelling Design Review (SFDDR) for a 1,437 square-foot second-story addition to an existing
one-story dwelling.

What's Happening in Development and City Planning?

PA-2019-002  / 180 E. 3rd Avenue, SPAR + SDPA

PA-2019-002  / 180 E. 3rd Avenue, SPAR + SDPA  
The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing in Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The project was approved by vote (3-1).

This project includes a Site Plan and Architectural Review for a 17,187 square-foot, three-story mixed-use building. The proposed building consists of retail on the first floor, and office uses on the first through third floors. An additional 5,801 square-feet of office use is proposed on the basement level. Private open spaces are provided through a rooftop terrace and third-floor balcony. The project also includes a Site Development Planning Application for the removal and replacement of five street trees.

PA-2019-012 / 2 W. 3rd Avenue, Pre-Application

PA-2019-012 / 2 W. 3rd Avenue, Pre-Application  
The Planning Commission held a Study Session in in Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Study Session items are for discussion purposes only, No Vote is taken. 

A formal preliminary Planning Application ("Pre-App") has been submitted proposing to develop an 11,464 square foot parcel that currently exists as an undeveloped lot. The applicant proposes an 18,421 square foot office building comprised of three floors. The applicant proposes to pay fees in-lieu of providing required off-street parking.

Planning Resources


Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal

Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal
Track Permits, Planning Applications, Inspections, Code Enforcement Cases, Business Tax Records and more on our City website. Visit the link below for more information.

Property Information Report

Property Information Report
Look up Zoning Designation, Lot Size, Floor Area Ratio, and Height Limits on our City website. Visit the link below for more information.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Jr. Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and
Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)
Look up guidelines and additional information for Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units. Visit the link below for more information. 

Strive San Mateo 2040 General Plan

Strive San Mateo 2040 General Plan

Legos…and more Legos! 
Check out community ideas from
the Nov. 16th General Plan Workshop!

2019_11_16_King Center Workshop

On Saturday, Nov. 16th, community members joined in group discussions and used Legos to shared ideas on the kinds of change they'd like to see! Check out the workshop photos and table notes with ideas on the kinds of housing, jobs, circulation improvements, and other changes that are needed over the next 20 years.

It’s not too late to join in on one of the most important conversations we can have about San Mateo’s future. If you missed the workshop and would like to provide your ideas, stay tuned for an exciting new online engagement tool that will be launched in the coming weeks!  Sign up to receive email updates, including when the online tool will be available, at
If you are new to the General Plan update effort, this is about our future.  It starts with the community’s ideas about how the City should change or stay the same over the next 20 years. We’ve heard from the community on the Vision for our future and the ten study areas to analyze first for possible change. 

To learn more about the General Plan Update, check out:

City Council

Next Meeting:
January 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Council Chambers

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