New design rules for Palo Alto residential projects govern everything from window sizes to architectural styles | town center

town center

Post New Topic

Original post was made on June 2, 2022

On Wednesday, Palo Alto adopted a set of new design rules that residential developers must meet to gain approval.

Read the full story here Web Link Thursday, June 2, 2022, 09:31 AM

Comments (4)




send by Eric Filseth
A resident of Downtown North
Jun 5, 2022 at 3:37 PM

Eric Filseth is a registered user.

This is a bit old but I’ll weigh in anyway.

The Weekly should not repeat the consolidation of Affordable housing with Market Rate housing. The main barrier to AH creation is funding, not design standards. “Everything but money” The State Legislature is giving gifts to special interests while ignoring this fact as air cover for their empty AH’s promises to Californians. But the media telling people that AH isn’t about money doesn’t help when that’s where the real effort is needed. (Note that Wilton Ct doesn’t need AH coverage; PA also has the 2nd highest percentage of AH in the County.)

State “standards” legislation does not touch Affordability; Its aim is to remove design quality as the benchmark for Market Rate housing, which is free to Big Real Estate. Essentially, it aims to: “As long as it’s under 1/3 of the commercial, just build it and you’ll be fine with looks, privacy, daylight, etc.

However, while some people agree with this, it’s probably not much more. So Sacramento divides the baby. Most design standards include judgment – which is why cities only have checklists rather than Architectural Review Boards. So on the one hand, Sacramento is essentially saying, “As of January 1, 2022, current residential design standards in California are obsolete – everything is now valid” (again, overwhelmingly for Market Rate, given the lack of AH funding; plus most cities are already resilient. . real AH projects). On the other hand, Sacto nods to the majority, saying, “OK, you can get some standards back if you can only reduce them to numbers.” Yet less restrictions, not more.

The real question The Weekly should be asking is, “Do we really want residential design standards?” If “no” we should also get rid of Objective Standards. If “yes”, the OS is the framework. But none of them will produce AH; Sacramento may be tall on missions that cost (them) nothing, but are much shorter on funding, which actually produces AH. So, if AH is what you actually want, then – plug it in here – kindly consider a possible business tax this fall.


send a comment

Registered users can comment on stories to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion. If you are already a registered user and the comment form is not below, you must login. If you are not registered, you can do it here.

Please make sure your comments are accurate, relevant and don’t disrespect another poster. Don’t be sarcastic or condescending. All posts are subject to the TERMS OF USE and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration to comment.

Get today’s top headlines here: Palo Alto Online Sent to your inbox in the express newsletter.

E-Bikes on Outdoor Trails: Yes or No?
by Sherry Listgarten | 18 comments | 5,110 views

Gifts and Goods
by Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 2,113 views

Castro Street in Mountain View opens for a meal and greeting to raise support for businesses
by The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 2020 views

The controversial ethics of abortion
by Diana Diamond | 7 comments | 1,822 views

Idaho Hot Springs and Yellowstone – Solo Travel
by Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,026 views

Sign up today to support local nonprofits

The 38th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is on Friday evening, September 9th. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Vacation Fund, which benefits local nonprofits serving families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of a full moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually to support local nonprofits.

Leave a Reply