Category: Planning

Upcoming Public Meeting: Northgate Town Square Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Session

Come Participate! Northgate Town Square Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Session San Rafael Planning Commission Meeting Tuesday January 11th, 2022  |  7:00 p.m.  Participate in the meeting online  (Zoom)  |  Watch the meeting (Youtube)  About the Meeting The Northgate Town Square Project involves the redevelopment of the existing Northgate mall including approximately 225,100 sq. ft. of commercial space and up to 1,443 residential units.  The purpose of this scoping … Continued

San Rafael Begins Housing Element Update 

The City of San Rafael has initiated an update of its Housing Element.  This important document includes the City’s policies and programs for meeting the housing needs of all San Rafael residents, with a focus on lower income households and persons with special needs.  The Housing Element includes an evaluation of local housing needs, identification of potential … Continued

San Rafael Planning is hiring a Senior Planner

View the recruitment flyer The Community Development Department is seeking a full-time Senior Planner to join the Planning team. One of the most critical positions to the City’s Planning Division, the Senior Planner oversees the Community Development Department’s Planning program. The position will be overseeing advanced plan review, developing and researching policies and making important decisions … Continued

Draft General Plan 2040/Downtown Precise Plan EIR available for Review

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for General Plan 2040 and the Downtown San Rafael Precise Plan is now available for public review and comment. The City is providing a 62-day comment period on the document, extending from January 7 to March 9, 2021. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the DEIR on … Continued

Draft ADU Ordinance

In response to the new State housing laws regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that became effective on January 1, 2020, the City of San Rafael has prepared a Draft ADU ordinance.  The Draft ADU ordinance will make it easier to develop an ADU and will streamline the permit review process, which will further encourage and … Continued

Virtual Counter Hours

Community Development is piloting a couple hours a week of virtual counter hours. This is part of our efforts to improve our ability to serve the public while our public counter is closed. We recognize that some projects can benefit from more than a series of emails and phone calls. Appointments can be scheduled online … Continued

Priority Development Areas in San Rafael

Should the City continue to pursue a PDA-designation and funding for a PDA planning process for Northgate and Southeast San Rafael/Canal? As part of the on-going work for San Rafael’s General Plan 2040, City staff has received requests for deeper planning efforts in the Canal neighborhood and around the Northgate Mall area. Planning efforts such as these require grant … Continued

Submit your Planning applications online!

In an effort to make more services available online while City Hall is closed to the public, Planning is now taking applications online!   We have prepared guides to help walk you through the process of applying and paying online. After submitting online, staff will review the application to determine the project type, fees, any … Continued

BioMarin/Whistlestop Project in Downtown

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., the City Council will consider approving a redevelopment project in Downtown at 999 Third Street. BioMarin is proposing to redevelop a former PG&E site by building two new 70 ft tall office buildings totaling 207,000 square feet, which will be incorporated into their existing … Continued

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