El Camino Real Corridor Plan

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El Camino Real Corridor Plan

Implementation Overview | Background | Contact 

What's New 

The City completed the first phase of zoning amendments for the Mixed-Use Live/Work (MULW) zoning district, and will begin it's second phase of zoning amendments in fall 2020. Phase II will be a comprehensive multi-year effort to update the El Camino Real Corridor zoning districts.

Upcoming Meetings

None are scheduled at this time.  

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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.

Zoning Code Amendments

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

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

These amendments will be processed in two phases, as described below.

Phase I: (2018-2019) - MULW Zoning & General Plan Amendment

MULW map simplied 

The first phase of amendments is complete. The City amended the Mixed-Use Live/Work (MULW) zoning district, which is now titled Mixed-Use Transitional (MUT). These amendments incorporated the community benefits program associated with increased building height and density, provided more flexibility in allowed uses (both permitted and conditional), and simplified standards for live/work units. Environmental analysis for this amendment is available here.


The City Council adopted the MULW amendments on January 27, 2020 and the MUT zoning went into effect on February 26, 2020. The MUT Community Benefits program, adopted by resolution, is available here



Phase II: (2020-2021) - Comprehensive Zoning Update

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.

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

Bike & Ped Study


$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 yearlong study was completed in February of 2019, which resulted in conceptual design drawings for bike and pedestrian safety improvements on El Camino Real between Charter and Maple streets, including protected bike lanes, crosswalks, street crossings, and bus stops. Additional community feedback will be sought in future phases, however the study helps the City seek grant funding and identify next steps for making the vision become a reality. See the final report for more information about the study and next steps.

Past Meetings:  


  1. Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study - Final Report  

  2. Conceptual design drawings 

  3. Visuals of conceptual designs  

  4. Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane - Community Event Flyer and Event Photos

  5. Community Outreach Summary of Results 

  6. Existing Conditions for the Study Segment (2018)

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  
 Principal Planner, City of Redwood City  
 (650) 780-7237  

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