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Redevelopment of Northgate Mall into Mixed Use

Project Description

The Northgate Mall Redevelopment project proposes a comprehensive redevelopment of the existing mall into an open-air “main street experience,” surrounded by mixed-use development of retail and up to 1,422 residences. The Project proposes to reduce the existing commercial retail from 775,677 sq. ft. to 225,100 square feet and construct high-density multifamily residential buildings in the form of townhome units and apartment buildings ranging in height from two to seven stories.

 

Project Contact

Project Director– April Talley
(415) 485-3050
AprilT@cityofsanrafael.org

Project Milestones

Project Milestones

  • Target Planning Commission Hearing(s). The purpose of the Planning Commission hearing(s) will be to consider the Final EIR document and all of the requested entitlements for the project (e.g. design review, tentative subdivision map, zoning amendments and development agreement) and to provide a recommendation to the City Council regarding these entitlements. Such a recommendation could include recommended changes to the project.
  • Target City Council Hearing(s). The purpose of the City Council hearing(s) will be to consider the Final EIR document and all of the requested entitlements for the project along with the recommendations from the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board. The City Council will be the final authority for making a determination on all of the requested entitlements as well as on the Final EIR.

Planning Application and Entitlements

  • The Northgate Mall Redevelopment project proposes a comprehensive redevelopment of the existing mall into an open-air “main street experience,” surrounded by mixed-use development of retail and up to 1,422 residences. The Project proposes to reduce the existing commercial retail from 775,677 sq. ft. to 225,100 square feet and construct high-density multifamily residential buildings in the form of townhome units and apartment buildings ranging in height from two to seven stories.
  • Zoning Amendments – A Zoning Map and Zoning Text Amendment to the Planned Development (PD) Overlay Zone that outlines allowable land uses, development standards, and a development plan for the proposed project.
  • Development Agreement – A Development Agreement to set forth development terms between the applicant and the City.
  • Vesting Tentative Map – A Vesting Tentative map to divide the property into 18 parcels.
  • Use Permit – a Master Use Permit for a mix of uses and the phasing plan.
  • Environmental and Design Review Permit – An Environmental and Design Review Permit to approve the overall site plan, architecture, landscaping, building design and other site improvements for the project.
  • Master Sign Program – A Sign Program to specify the property name, logo, taglines, fonts, colors, and sign design used on all freestanding and building attached signs.
  • Density Bonus —
  • An incentive/concession/waiver to increase the height limit for project buildings across the property to 78 feet, including elevator penthouses and other projections of up to 12 feet above the 78-foot height limit. The applicant has indicated that it is making this request for an incentive/concession/waiver, in part, to enable current plans to include 100 lower-density townhomes along the southern edge of the Property. Previous plans included multi-family residential apartments of moderate height in this location. In response to City requests that the project include a buffer next to existing residential uses, the project applicant replaced apartments with townhomes to reduce heights significantly in this area.

Environmental Review

The City of San Rafael has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Northgate Mall Redevelopment Project. In accordance with CEQA Guidelines, the City invites agencies, organizations, and interested parties to provide comments on the Draft EIR. For more information on CEQA, please review the video below.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The City of San Rafael is pleased to share a primer video and slides to inform residents of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. The video goes over CEQA basics and is meant to help educate our residents on this important process used in the review of discretionary land use projects.

CEQA Primer Video

CEQA Presentation Slides

Environment Impact Report (EIR)

Meetings

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