Long Range Planning

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Regulations Update - The City of Palo Alto adopted the new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance (5412) on May 8, 2017. The new regulations became effective from June 8, 2017.

Annual Office Limit - Ordinance Update - The Annual Office Limit Ordinance proposes permanent Zoning Ordinance amendments to continue the limit on the annual office/R&D development to 50,000 square feet of net new floor area.

Comprehensive Plan Update - City Council directed staff to work with the PTC to develop and implement a work plan to amend the existing Comprehensive Plan and extend the horizon year of the Comp Plan.  The focus of the amendment would be to ensure the sufficient public services are available to serve new housing development and that sufficient land for neighborhood-serving retail uses is preserved.  As part of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process, Palo Alto will prepare Concept Plans for two areas: the California Avenue neighborhood and the East Meadow Circle/Fabian Way neighborhood.

Downtown Cap Study  - The Downtown Development Cap Study Phase I was completed in 2014. It included detailed data collection and analysis of existing conditions, commercial developmental trends, and potential commercial developmental capacity that can be accommodated in Downtown. Additional Retail and Residential analysis was performed in 2015.

Housing Element Update (2015-2023) - The City of Palo Alto adopted the 2015-2023 Housing Element on November 10, 2014.  The 2015-2023 Housing Element is the chief policy document describing the City's housing needs, policies and programs. 

Planned Community (PC) Reform - During the City Council December 2, 2013 “Future of our City” discussion, the Planned Community (PC) Process and the need for possible reforms to the requirements and process was discussed.

Professorville Design Guidelines - City Council directed staff to outline a process for timely review of proposals regarding demolitions of Contributing Structures in Professorville. 

Rail Corridor Study - The City Council adopted the Rail Corridor Study policy document and incorporated it into the Comprehensive Plan on January 22, 2013 to “generate a community vision for land use, transportation, and urban design opportunities along the rail corridor, particularly in response to improvements to fixed rail services along the tracks through Palo Alto.”

Retail Preservation Ordinances - The Downtown Retail Preservation Ordinance project seeks to evaluate the implementation of the Urgency Ordinance and propose permanent Zoning Ordinance amendments to allow for continued retail protections in the Downtown and South of Forest Area II (SOFA II) areas, where the pressure of retail conversions have been the greatest.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017