Multi-Family Development and Design Standards

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The City of Campbell is undertaking a planning effort to create "objective" multi-family development and design standards for all small-lot single-family (e.g. townhomes, rowhouses), multi-family, and mixed-use residential projects that respect and build upon Campbell’s unique character and distinctive neighborhoods. Single-family residences will not be affected as part of this effort. As part of this effort, the City is also clarifying procedures related to residential design review and permitting. The City is undertaking this project to conform with recent State law changes that require local jurisdictions to adopt objective standards and streamline the review and permitting processes for housing development.

Once established, these standards will serve to provide significant control over the site layout and architectural design of new housing projects, over which the City currently has limited or no control.

Thank you for your participation in taking the survey!

The online survey for this effort has closed. Thank you for your participation in the survey and providing valuable feedback! Results of the survey will be posted on this website once available. 

The purpose of the online survey was to obtain community feedback for how new multi-family residential and mixed-use projects are designed in the City. Based on the feedback provided, the City will now prepare standards that reflect community design preferences.

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What are Objective Standards?

State law defines objective standards as those that “involve no personal or subjective judgement by a public official and are uniformly verifiable by reference to an external and uniform benchmark or criterion available and knowable by both the development applicant and public official prior to submittal.” 

Examples of objective standards include: 1) Blank walls (without doors and windows) of more than 20 linear feet are prohibited along any street facing façade; and 2) A minimum one-foot offset is required for any wall plane that exceeds 30 feet in length.

Examples of subjective standards include: 1) Ensure new projects are compatible with the character of the neighborhood; and 2) Ensure new buildings are in harmony with the height and size of adjoining structures.

Which documents are affected?

  1. Area Plans
  2.  Design Guidelines
  3. Zoning Code
San Tomas Area Neighborhood Plan
Downtown Development Plan
East Campbell Avenue Master Plan
North of Campbell Avenue Area Plan (NOCA) 
South of Campbell Avenue Area Plan (SOCA)
Winchester Boulevard Master Plan

How long will this take?

The first phase of the update will be completed March 2023 and align with the adoption of the General Plan and Housing Element.

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Upcoming Meetings


The next meeting series will be in January. Check back in January for these meeting dates, or sign up for email notifications (link above) to receive updates on this effort.


Past Meetings


City Council Meeting #3

Date: November 15, 2022

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Planning Commission Meeting #2

Date: November 8, 2022

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Joint City Council / Planning Commission Meeting

Date: November 1, 2022

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Developer's Roundtable Virtual Meeting

Date: October 21, 2022

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Community In-Person Meeting #2

Date: October 19, 2022

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Developer's Workshop

Date: September 28, 2022

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City Council Meeting #2

Date: September 20, 2022

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Developer's Roundtable Virtual Meeting

Date: August 26, 2022

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Community Meeting #1

Date: August 24, 2022

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Introduction Meeting with Planning Commission

Date: August 23, 2022

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Project Kick-Off Meeting with City Council 

Date: August 17, 2022

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City Council Meeting 

Date: April 19, 2022

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Where Can I Learn More?

More information about the project will be provided periodically on this page. You may join upcoming webinars/public workshops for the latest information on project status, background studies, and for copies of project documents.