In response to community concerns about noise the San Rafael and Novato City Councils have established a Quiet Zone effective immediately. The train horn will not blow at railroad crossings.

Common projects types for Major Environmental and Design Review Permit

Some of the common projects types for Major Environmental and Design Review Permit (Planning Commission Review with Design Review Board Recommendation), include:

  • Hillside Subdivisions
  • New Residence within 100 vertical feet of a designated ridge
  • Second dwelling units over 800 square feet or in two-story detached structure or in required setbacks
  • Multifamily structures or additions greater than 40%
  • New Non-residential building or addition over 1,250 square feet
  • Sign Programs and Murals
  • New stand-alone wireless communications facilities (monopoles)
  • Major grading (1,000 cubic feet of cut or 2,000 cubic feet of fill per year)
  • Landscaping as part of a development or determined to significantly alter the character or appearance of a site.
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