Northgate Town Square

Address: 5800 Northgate Drive
APNs: 175-060-12, -40, -59, -61, -66 & -67
Project No: PLAN21-039, ZC21-001, UP21-007,  ED21-024, IS21-003, DA21-001

David Geiser
Applicant Project Page

Project Planner: Diane Henderson, Project Lead

Tricia Stevens, Project Planner

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.

March 14, 2022:  Submittal Summary

Revised plans were received on March 14, 2022, with the following major changes from previously submitted plans:

  • Town Square. An enlarged 50,000 square foot town square destination is proposed to be constructed in Phase I.
  • Housing Choices. 85 three-story, for-sale townhomes have been added along the southern parcel. The previously proposed 224 multi-family apartments would be transferred along Los Ranchitos/Las Gallinas Avenue. The project requests a height bonus/concession with for multi-family apartment buildings with heights up to 75 feet
  • Affordable Housing. EAH Housing has joined the applicant team and will create 96 new units of affordable rental housing within Phase I. Phase II will include an additional 42 affordable units distributed throughout the market rate housing. A total of 10% of the units would be affordable to meet the City’s Affordable Housing requirements.
  • Bicycle Amenities. Between the town square and movie theater, the project proposes a Cycle Center with a 9,000-square-foot outdoor area.
  • Site Connectivity. New multimodal pathways have been integrated throughout the interior of the site.
  • Sustainability. The project is proposing all of the residential buildings to be 100% electric to reflect the goals within the City of San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan 2030.
  • Community Uses. Next to the town square, the project would provide a new location for the city’s existing satellite public library and proposed to expand the space to include a public meeting room for use by local community groups.

Access to and from the nearby SMART Marin Civic Center station from the new Northgate Town Square is planned. The City and applicant are working to determine the best way to partner together to implement this connection.

The redevelopment of the almost 45-acre Northgate Mall into a mixed-use development with a town center and housing units is a unique opportunity for the City to re-envision a 1960s standard mall development into a vibrant mixed-use community, including the provision of up to 1,422 residential units on what has been identified as an opportunity site in the 2015-2023 Housing Element. Due to the importance of the project and the project site, staff continues to work with the project applicant on how the design and layout of the project can be optimized to best contribute to the creation of a vibrant and successful long-term project that blends with and enhances the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood and the City as a whole.

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Public Meetings

May 17, 2022: Design Review Board (DRB) Meeting

The DRB considered the Northgate Town Square project at their May 17th meeting. The DRB provided comments on the design of the project (architecture, landscaping, signage), and continued the item to a later date for further review. A recording of the DRB meeting can be found on the City's YouTube channel at

Staff report:  Click Here

January 11, 2022: Planning Commission EIR Scoping Meeting

The Planning Commission held a scoping session on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 7 pm. For more information on this meeting, go to

Staff report:  Click Here

September 14, 2021: Planning Commission and DRB Joint Study Session

The Planning Commission and Design Review Board held a joint study session on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7 p.m. You can view a recording of the session on the  City’s YouTube Channel.

This Study Session was an opportunity for early Planning Commission and Design Review Board project feedback on land use and design and allowed early opportunity for public input.  No decisions or official action on the project were made.

Staff report:  Click Here

If you have questions or comments about this project, please submit them to Project Planner, Tricia Stevens.


Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is underway. The City received many written comments on what should be studied in the EIR as part of the Notice of Preparation (NOP). The comment period ended January 14, 2022. The Planning Commission held a scoping session on January 11, 2022, where oral comments were received. All written comments can be viewed here.

Revised Application Plans - March 14, 2022

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