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City Schedules Community Workshop to Discuss Possible Hillside Building Guidelines

Post Date:08/21/2014

For Immediate Release 
August 21, 2014

Media Contact
Diana O'Dell
Senior Planner


Redwood City, CA - Redwood City is beginning a community process to gather input on how best to address issues related to construction of buildings and additions to homes or other structures in the City’s hillside areas. Currently there are no size limitations or design guidelines that address such development, and so the City seeks the community’s assistance in considering the need for creating standards and guidelines, and in what those guidelines may be.

The first step in this community process is a public workshop to discuss and identify the issues and concerns involved, and for participants to provide feedback and input to City staff.

Community Workshop #1
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Activities Building (CAB) Room 2
1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City

The September 3 workshop marks the beginning of this deliberative process, and community involvement at this early stage, and throughout, is crucial to the outcome.

Over the last several years, applications for new homes in the hillsides within Redwood City’s jurisdiction have raised questions about preserving the visual and environmental character of the hillside, and the appropriate scale for new development. Design guidelines or zoning regulations could address these concerns while creating clear, usable standards for hillside development.

Individual notices were sent to all owners of properties generally located in the hillside areas within Redwood City’s jurisdiction (this process and any future City regulations do not apply to properties in unincorporated San Mateo County). Not all properties that received the notice will be affected, but the City felt it was important to ensure that all property owners in the hillside area are fully informed. The study is initially considering all residential and commercial properties with an average slope of 10% or more; however, as the study moves forward and community input is gathered, this scope may be changed.

Interested community members are invited to this and future hearings or meetings, and can also get more information at Future opportunities to be involved include a Planning Commission Public Hearing on October 7th, and another community workshop on November 5th.

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