Multi-family and Mixed-use Design Guidelines
The Marin County Community Development Agency has developed Multi-Family Residential Design Guidelines. The guidelines will define positive design attributes and set clear expectations regarding the character of new multi-unit and mixed use developments in unincorporated Marin County communities. They will be used by designers and builders as they generate new ideas, and will be used by County officials and community advisory groups when responding to and evaluating development proposals.
The May 2013 Revised Draft Multi-family Residential Design Guidelines are available for public review.
Public Review and Adoption Process:
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May 28, 2013 The Planning Commission will hold another hearing on the Draft Multi-family Residential Design Guidelines on May 28, 2013 at the Planning Commission Chambers (Suite #328 - Administration Building) Civic Center, San Rafael, California. This hearing is continued from April 22, 2013. This May 2013 version contains revisions resulting from the Commission’s specific and general direction to staff on April 22, 2013. The Commission will review the May 2013 guidelines, take public comment, and consider recommendation for adoption to the Board of Supervisors.
April 22, 2013
February 25, 2013
Spring, 2013 Following the Planning Commission's recommendation, a public hearing will be scheduled with the Board of Supervisors to consider adoption of the Guidelines.
The guidelines benefitted from extensive community input between August and December 2012. Two community meetings were held in late August 2012 to elicit design preferences and provide feedback on what citizens think is appropriate and desirable. A summary of those workshops is available here. Community input was also gathered through a design survey which was administered throughout Marin in August 2012.
A Working Group provided technical and community input as the guidelines are were developed. Members were invited to participate by Community Development Agency, Director Brian Crawford, and include architects, developers, members of design review boards, and other community representatives.
Please direct your questions or comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Multi-family Residential Design Guidelines
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308
San Rafael, CA 94903
Resources and Examples:
The County of Marin currently uses Single-family Residential Design Guidelines in reviewing development proposals of that type.
The guidelines were paid for by a $55,000 Technical Assistance grant awarded to the County of Marin by the FOCUS Program, a regional development and conservation partnership among the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and two other regional agencies.
Multi-family Design Guidelines Press Release:
City of Watsonville Livable Community Residential Design Guidelines
City of Sacramento Multi-family Residential Design Principles
City of Livermore Design Standards and Guidelines
For information, call the Community Development Agency at (415) 473-2698, or email email@example.com. Letters may also be directed to the address above.