Objective Standards

The City of Campbell is undertaking a planning effort to create objective standards for all residential projects that respect and build upon Campbell’s unique character and distinctive neighborhoods. 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.

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 Being Updated?

  1. Area Plans
  2.  Design Guidelines
  3. Zoning Code
San Tomas Area Neighborhood Plan
Campbell Village 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?

This project is being restarted.
Objective Standards Schedule

Sign Up for Notifications!

sign-up-button Opens in new windowPast Meetings

Meeting #1 - Project Kick-Off Meeting with City Council 

Date: October 6, 2020

Meeting Materials: Link

Presentation Materials: Link


Workshop #1 & Community Survey

Date: October 21, 2020

YouTube Video: Link 

Meeting Flyer: Link

Community Survey: Link

Presentation:  Link

Fact Sheet: Link

Planning Commission Meeting (NOCA)

Date: November 24, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Presentation: Link

City Council Meeting Meeting (NOCA)

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

Meeting Materials: Link

City Council Meeting Meeting 

Date: April 19, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM

Meeting Materials: Link

Upcoming Meetings

Coming Soon!

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. 

You can also review the Fact Sheet prepared for this project as follows: Link