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Single Family House (Size) Study

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Single-family House (size) Study

You are invited to come learn and participate in discussions about single-family house size and neighborhood fit.

Project Summary
In 2016, community concerns about tearing down older homes and replacing them with larger homes rose to a level that resulted in City Council taking action and directing staff to address zoning regulations that affect house size. To address this issue, staff from the Planning Division will be working with consultants from Opticos Design, Inc. to engage the community in a series of discussions about new single-family development in the RS-6 Zoning District. Citywide community workshops will be scheduled throughout 2017 and the project is scheduled to conclude in Spring 2018. 


The City Council has selected members of the community to participate in an ad hoc working group to work closely with staff and the consultant team. The SHAC’s charge is to examine the various issues concerning house size and neighborhood fit and lead to changes in some of the rules and regulations within the RS-6 Single-Family Zoning District. The SHAC broadly represents interests of residents, architects, builders and realtors who are familiar with San Carlos’ residential neighborhoods.

SHAC members include:

1. Amy Anderson-Giugliano – Realtor
2. Adam Kates – Homeowner
3. Laura Parmer-Lohan – Homeowner
4. Christian Vescia – Homeowner
5. Ray Viotti – Architect/Designer
6. Kate Wormington- Homeowner
7. Robert Stafford – Builder/Developer


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Meeting
City Hall, 2nd Floor Enterprise Room

Meeting Materials
December 20, 2017 Agenda (115.7kb .pdf)
Proposed Code Changes Handout (4.43MB .pdf)
Decision-making Tree (148.2kb .pdf)

Past Meetings:

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Click the links below to view the meeting presentations:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (18.11MB .pdf  )
Wednesday, June 27, 2017 (5.71MB .pdf  )
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (8.5MB .pdf  )

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (3.74MB .pdf  )

Click the links below to view the approved meeting minutes:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 ( .pdf ) 
Wednesday, June 27, 2017 (32.1kb .pdf  )
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (25.2kb .pdf  )
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (28.4kb .pdf  )
Tuesday, April 17, 2017 - 
 (17.1 kb .pdf  )

Meeting Materials:
Value of Design (6.2MB .pdf  )
Rules of Measurement (1.38MB .pdf  )
Terms and Definitions (477.2kb .pdf  )
RS-6 Development Standards (466.8 .pdf  )