Review of Required Retail Frontage Requirements PA12-007
||Properties designated as downtown retail core in the City's General Plan and are in an area zoned Central Business District (CBD). The map below shows the properties subject to the current required retail frontage requirement.
||City of San Mateo Department of Community Development, Planning Division
||Ronald Munekawa, Chief of Planning
|Julia Yeh, Associate Planner
||The City's Community Development Department is studying the potential for reducing the Zoning Code ground floor retail requirement for properties located in the downtown retail core area.
||The City Council adopted the proposed Zoning Code amendments on Monday, October 15, 2012. The adopted amendments are now in effect: http://qcode.us/codes/sanmateo/view.php?topic=27-27_38-27_38_110&frames=off
|On October 15, 2012, the City Council adopted an ordinance amending the Required Retail Frontage requirements. The Administrative Report and related materials can be found on our website at: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/documentview.aspx?DID=11558.
On October 1, 2012, the City Council held a public hearing on introduction of an ordinance amending the Required Retail Frontage requirements. The Administrative Report and related materials can be found on our website at: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/documentview.aspx?DID=11480.
The City Council endorsed the revisions as recommended by the Planning Commission (see below) with one exception: required a minimum depth of 60 feet instead of the Planning Commission 40 feet, for retail/service uses.
On August 28, 2012, the Planning Commission recommended City Council adoption of amendments to the Required Retail Frontage requirements. The Administrative Report and related materials can be found at http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?NID=2387 .
The Planning Commission recommended the following revisions to the material provided in the Administrative Report:
On Monday, July 9th, the City hosted a public workshop which included an overview of the current retail market trends and provided opportunity for public discussion and input.
- Require a minimum depth of 40 feet, instead of 60 feet, for retail/service uses.
- Allow a depth of less than 40 feet for retail/service uses, and/or deviations from building frontage requirements upon review and approval of a Special Use Permit by the Planning Commission.
- Planning Commission review of the ordinance and its effectiveness 3 years after adoption by the City Council.
The Downtown San Mateo Market Analysis Update was prepared to serve as background material for this study. The market analysis is one of several items to be examined in this effort. The scope of the market analysis included population and economic trends, retail (and office) market analysis, retail storefront depth and office conversion issues, and recommendations and findings.
Other issues to be examined include parking impacts, potential zoning code amendments and storefront design.
A summary of the Workshop can be found here: Workshop Report
On April 2, 2012, the City of San Mateo City Council held a study session on this item. Material from that meeting can be found at City Council Study Session for April 2, 2012.
||For additional information regarding this project, please contact one of the project planners listed above.