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Finger Avenue Proposal
Proposed Property Development Project in Redwood City

Latest updates:

Other documents:

  • Staff Report for February 7, 2011 City Council meeting - Rescission of all actions approving the Finger Avenue Project
  • Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report (January, 2011)
  • Public Notice for NOP (January, 2011)

Previous milestones:

  • Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, the City shall rescind all of the approvals related to the Finger Avenue Project, as the EIR process gets underway
  • The City approved a consultant contract on November 22, 2010 for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report.
  • On July 29, 2010, the Superior Court issued a Stipulated Judgment and Order in favor of the Friends' claim.
  • On November 10, 2009, Friends of Cordilleras Creek and Finger Avenue Pride Committee filed in Superior Court a Writ Petition to set aside the City's adoption of the MND and approvals of the Finger Avenue Project, alleging violations of CEQA.
  • Appeal Hearing - Monday, August 3, 2009, 7 pm, City Hall
    • Staff Report for August 3, 2009 Appeal Hearing
    • Appeal of Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), filed by neighbors
    • Appeal of Planned Development Permit and Vesting Tenatative Map, filed by the project applicants

  • On May 19, 2009 the Planning Commission adopted an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND - click here for definition).
    Agenda and Staff Report - May 19, 2009 Planning Commission Meeting

  • Also on May 19, the Commission denied both the Planned Development Permit and Vesting Tentative Map (click here for definition), meaning that the project cannot be built as currently proposed.

  • A group of neighbors is appealing the adoption of the IS/MND, and the project applicant is appealing the denial of the Planned Development Permit and Vesting Tentative Map. An appeal hearing is scheduled for August 3, 20009.

Click here for other related documents.

Project overview:

Redwood City received a planning application for a project located on approximately 1.5 acres on the north side of Finger Avenue adjacent to Cordilleras Creek, west of El Camino Real in Redwood City.

The developer's proposal is to subdivide three lots located at 50, 80 and 88 Finger Avenue into a total of nine lots ranging in size from 6,000 square feet to 8,129 gross square feet.

Nine two-story, single-family detached residential units ranging in size from 2,825 square feet to 3,640 square feet, not including an attached two-car garage at each home, are proposed for construction on the nine resulting lots.


February 10 and May 19, 2009 - The Redwood City Planning Commission reviewed an Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND); a Planned Development Permit; and a Vesting Tentative Map for the project.

The IS/MND is an environmental document that concludes that the project would not cause a significant impact on the environment and thus an Environmental Impact Report is not required. The document describes the project's environmental impacts and how they may be mitigated to an acceptable level. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is not project approval; rather, it assists the Planning Commission in understanding a project's effect on the environment.

A Planned Development Permit is a special planning permit that allows deviation from the Zoning Ordinance such as setbacks, lot areas, and other requirements.  A Vesting Tentative Map divides the property into 9 parcels and shows the location of Building sites.

May 19, 2009 - the Planning Commission adopted the IS/MND, and denied both the Planned Development Permit and Vesting Tentative Map.

The Finger Avenue Pride Committee has appealed the decision to adopt the IS/MND. The project applicant has appealed the decision to deny both the Planned Development Permit and Vesting Tentative map. The Appeals Hearing for both of these appeals is scheduled for 7 pm on August 3, 2009 at City Hall.

Other Documents:

Be sure to check the staff report and related documents on this website for more information. Redwood City Planning staff can be reached at 650-780-7234.


This web page is provided by Redwood City in order to offer the community initial information on the conceptual plan for a proposed development on Finger Avenue.


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