Mar 30 2019

New Rules Are Proposed for Piedmont Buildings and Properties: Homes, Neighborhoods, City

Planning Commission to Consider Design Guidelines Update

– Public Meetings –

Monday, April 8, 2019 – Introduction and Discussion – 5 pm City Hall

Monday, May 13, 2019 – Discussion and Recommendation – 5 pm City Hall

At its meetings on April 8th and May 13th, the Planning Commission will consider updates to the city’s Design Guidelines, which provide a framework for actions of staff and the Planning Commission in making decisions regarding Planning Applications from residents. The draft Design Guidelines will be introduced at the April 8th meeting, staff will answer questions, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback, and the Planning Commission will discuss the proposal. At the May 13th meeting, the Commission will take additional testimony from the public, continue its discussion, and consider a recommendation to the City Council.


This project to update and reformat the City of Piedmont Design Guidelines is the fifth and final phase of policy updates undertaken in response to the adoption of the General Plan in 2009 and the Housing Element in 2011. The first four phases were related to revisions of City Code Chapter 17 (the Zoning Ordinance) and were completed between 2012 and 2017. Specifically, Action 28.E in the Design and Preservation Element of the 2009 General Plan calls for the City’s Design Guidelines to be updated.

Draft updated Design Guidelines

In addition to updating and reformatting the guidelines for single-family residential construction, the draft update includes new guidelines for multi-family residential construction, commercial and mixed-use construction commercial signage, and landscaping.

A chapter that includes design guidelines for wireless communication facilities will be added at a future date. In addition to the link below to the electronic copy of the draft Guidelines, print copies are available for viewing at Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.

City Council to Consider Adoption

The Planning Commission’s recommendation concerning the draft Design Guidelines will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration, as it is the decision making body for this matter. The date of Council consideration will be publicized well in advance of the meeting.

Public Engagement

Public comment is invited throughout the process. Interested members of the public are encouraged to read the draft Design Guidelines and staff report, and attend the Planning Commission meetings scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 and Monday, May 13, 2019 in City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.

Written comments and requests to receive email notification of activities related to the Design Guidelines update should be sent to Planning Director Kevin Jackson at Comments on paper can also be submitted by hand or by mail to the Piedmont Planning Commission, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

All meetings are broadcast and recorded.  Live broadcast can be found on Cable Channel 27 and on the City website under City Council videos/ Planning Commission.

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