Architectural Review Board (ARB)


The City Clerk’s Office continuously accepts applications for all Boards and Commissions. 
Apply here for the Architecture Review Board

ARB Purpose
The Architectural Review Board is charged with design review of all new construction, and changes and additions to commercial, industrial and multiple-family projects. The Board's goals and purposes are to:
  • Promote orderly and harmonious development of the City
  • Enhance the desirability of residence or investment in the City
  • Encourage the attainment of the most desirable use of land and improvements
  • Enhance the desirability of living conditions upon the immediate site or in adjacent areas
  • Promote visual environments which are of high aesthetic quality and variety and which, at the same time, are considerate of each other.

The Board is composed of five members, at least three of whom are architects, landscape architects, building designers or other design professionals. Terms are for three years and commence on November 1. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.21. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 329-2571.

If you wish to send e-mail to the Architectural Review Board, please use the following e-mail address: arb@cityofpaloalto.org

Regular meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 16.

Chair: Alex Lew
Vice Chair: Kyu Kim
Staff Liaison: Jodie Gerhardt, Planning Manager - 650-329-2575


  BALTAY, Peter
450 Kipling Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-327-7573
Term Expires: 12/15/2018
Biography

  FURTH, Wynne
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography

GOOYER, Robert
1900 S. Norfolk Street, Suite 216, San Mateo, CA 94403
650-349-6549 (w)
Term Expires: 12/15/2018
Biography

  KIM, Kyu
1130 Oregon Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Term Expires: 12/15/2017
Biography

LEW, Alexander
372A Bush Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Term Expires: 12/15/2018
Biography

Architectural Review Board Procedural Rules


Architectural Review Board By-laws

2017

April 20, 2017 Cancellation Minutes Video
April 6, 2017 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes  Video
March 16, 2017 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
March 2, 2017 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
February 16, 2017 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
February 2, 2017 Agenda and full Packet Minutes Video
January 19, 2017 Agenda and Full packet  Minutes Video 
January 5, 2017 Cancellation         

2016
December 15, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
December 1, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
November 17, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
November 3, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
October 20, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
October 6, 2016 Cancellation      
September 15, 2016 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
September 1, 2016    Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
August 18, 2016 Cancellation       
August 4, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
July 21, 2016 Cancellation        
July 7, 2016 Cancellation        
June 16, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
June 2, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
May 19, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
May 5, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
April 21, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
April 7, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
March 17, 2016 ARB&HRB Agenda        
March 17, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
March 3, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
February 18, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
February 4, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 21, 2016 Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 7, 2016 Cancellation        

Past Agendas and Minutes

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017
Architectural Review Board (ARB) Application Review Process
An overview of the Architectural Review process, with links to application forms, checklists, and other submittal materials.
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Staff Level Architectural Review Tentative Decisions
Weekly postings of Minor Staff Level Architectural Review Application Decisions.
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Development and Trees
When planning redevelopment of a property, or performing any remodeling, construction, or additions, you should familiarize yourself with the Tree Ordinance regulations that apply to your property.
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