El Camino Real Corridor Plan

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El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Implementation Overview | Background | Contact 

What's New 

We have completed our online survey for the Bike & Pedestrian Safety Improvement Study! The Consultant will summarize all of the responses and fold them into the initial draft conceptual designs, at which time we'll solicit more community input. Stay tuned.

We also published the Existing Conditions memo for the study segment. Take a look at the materials section below!


August 14, 2018 - Complete Streets Advisory Committee (status update on the Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study, including draft conceptual plans)

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On December 4, 2017, the City Council adopted the El Camino Real Corridor Plan. The City will now begin implementing the plan (see Corridor Plan Implementation section and updates below). 

 If you have any questions about the Plan or next steps, please contact elcaminoplan@redwoodcity.org.

 Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study: El Camino Real between Maple & Charter Streets

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$350,000 in Caltrans grant funding for the development of a case study on behalf of the  Grand Boulevard Initiative to develop 30% conceptual design drawings for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on El Camino Real (between Charter and Maple streets), building off of the approved El Camino Real Corridor Plan.  Case study areas in Redwood City and Palo Alto were chosen based on their high opportunity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access on El Camino Real. You can find out more through the study's Frequently Asked Questions.


The consultant team has completed data collection and public outreach on existing conditions and community goals for the study area.  This phase consisted pop-up events (tabling) at Fair Oaks Community Center, Target, and BevMo, stakeholder interviews with neighborhood associations, and an online survey.  

Based on input received and building off of the El Camino Real Corridor Plan, the consultant has prepared draft conceptual designs. These drafts will be presented to the Complete Streets Advisory Committee on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, followed by a second round of community outreach.

Next Steps:

  1. Revise the draft conceptual designs based on community input.
  2. Define design exception process required for Caltrans.
  3. Develop conceptual cost estimates and a funding plan.
  4. Obtain final report and presentations, including next steps for implementation of the conceptual design plans.

* This study should conclude by February of 2019.


  1. Existing Conditions for the Study Segment (2018)

Zoning Code Amendments


The implementation section includes a number of actions relating to zoning code amendments, including:

  • Mixed-Use Live/Work Zoning District (MULW)
  • Activity Centers
  • Bonus Height Provisions
  • Parking
  • Neighborhood Transitions
  • Child Care Provisions
  • Visibility and Solar Access

Phase I: (2018-early 2019)

The first phase of amendments will be to the Mixed-Use Live/Work zoning district. These amendments will incorporate the community benefits program associated with increased building height and density, more flexibility in allowed uses (both permitted and conditional), and simplified standards for live/work units. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.

Phase II: (2019-early 2020) 

The second phase of amendments will be a comprehensive update to the Corridor zoning districts that addresses the community benefits program, activity centers, parking requirements, and neighborhood transitions. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.

Other Short-Term Actions

  • Signal Timing. Evaluate signal timing to improve traffic flow.

The City will be working with Caltrans to adjust signal timing later this year.

  • Implementation Metrics. Establish metrics (as appropriate) to evaluate and iterate Plan implementation.

The City will begin drafting metrics later this year.


What is the Corridor Plan?

The El Camino Real Corridor Plan is a policy document that provides a comprehensive land use, transportation, and streetscape approach consistent with the General Plan’s principles. The Plan includes visions, goals, and strategies for street improvements to make the Corridor safer and more desirable to walk along and cross, and policies supporting community benefits, small businesses, and a range of housing choices along the Corridor. It also includes an implementation section with financing strategies and the steps that the City, or other agencies, would have to take to execute the Plan. The Corridor Plan is organized into four main topics, as briefly described below:

  1. Mobility addresses the various ways people travel around the Corridor
  2. Economic Vitality addresses ways to support existing Corridor businesses
  3. Housing addresses ways to provide housing for a range of income levels, support existing neighborhoods, and improve services for residents
  4. Place-Making addresses ways to improve the Corridor’s aesthetics and identity 

Unlike a precise plan that provides a high level of detail and supersedes the zoning code, the Corridor Plan is a guiding document with recommended actions to be further analyzed and processed after plan adoption.  Implementation actions are the key to executing the Corridor Plan. These actions are organized by timeframe and directly correspond to the strategies listed in the plan.  Factors that impact the timeframe include feasibility, funding, and level of City control over implementation.  As El Camino Real is within Caltrans’ jurisdiction, all actions affecting the right-of-way require review and approval by Caltrans.  


From 2016 through 2017, the community participated in a series of workshops, hearings, and online forums.  These discussions helped shape the vison for the Corridor Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on December 4, 2017.  

For archives and additional information go here.

To view the City’s major transportation projects, see Redwood City’s Transportation Storymap.


 Project Planner  
 Lindy Chan  
 Senior Planner, City of Redwood City  
 (650) 780-7237  




Provide your feedback on bicycle and pedestrian improvements on El Camino Real between Maple and Charter Streets in this new survey!



Provide your feedback on bicycle and pedestrian improvements on El Camino Real between Maple and Charter Streets in this new survey!