PA17-051 520 S. El Camino Real - Westlake Offices Façade Remodel

PA17-051 520 El Camino Real (Westlake Offices) Facade Remodel


March 8, 2018


500 S. El Camino Real
520 S. El Camino Real
8 Mission Drive




Donovan Cole
Westlake Urban, Inc.
(650) 353-5624


Rendell Bustos
Associate Planner
(650) 522-7213


The formal planning application for Site Plan and Architectural Review was filed on July 27, 2017. On February 27, 2018, a Zoning Administrator decision was made to approve this application. This decision is final unless appealed in writing within ten (10) calendar days of the approval date.

This specific application for work to this building is a project not subject to either Planning Commission or City Council review, but is subject only to approval by the Zoning Administrator. The City of San Mateo Municipal Code – Zoning Code Chapter 27.06 Administration specifies the types of approval bodies for different types of planning applications and the approval body is the Zoning Administrator because this is a planning application for a Site Plan and Architectural Review for an addition of less than 10,000 square feet of non-residential floor area and a façade remodel.


Approved Plans - Approved on February 27, 2018
Project Plans - Submitted on January 16, 2018
Project Plans - Submitted on December 1, 2017


An informal neighborhood informational meeting was held on July 5, 2017. A “Notice of Pending Zoning Administrator Decision” public notice was mailed to the following parties providing a ten day public comment period:

  • Property owners, residential tenants and business tenants within 500 feet of the project site;
  • The City’s “900 List” which contains nearly 100 Homeowner Associations, Neighborhood Associations, local utilities, media, and other organizations interested in citywide planning projects;
  • The City’s Planning “Notify Me” email list; and,
  • The interested parties list, which includes interested individuals who contacted the City and requested to be added to the project notification list.


A Planning application has been submitted for the renovation of the existing exterior façade to install a modern curtain wall system on the existing 9-story office building. This renovation is related to seismic upgrades to this building. The project also includes the proposal for an addition of 6,379 sq. ft. of new office space in total to the second and third floors toward the rear of the building. The proposal does not increase the overall building height. The project also includes private second and fourth floor rooftop terraces, as well as associated landscape improvements to the rear and front building entries.