Design Review for all Second and Third Story Additions

The San Anselmo Town Council will be considering an ordinance that would require Design Review for all second story and higher additions to residential structures, regardless of size. A series of meetings have been held on the topic (see below). Please contact us with any questions and to provide comments for the Town Council.

Staff Report for January 22, 2018 Town Council Hearing

Attachment 1 Proposed Ordinance

Attachment 2 Existing Regulations

Attachment 3 Red Line of Changes Proposed

Attachment 4 Minutes of Prior Meetings

Attachment 5 Correspondence Received


The Town began conducting design review in 1967. At that time, single family homes were exempt from review. Over the years, the Town has expanded the design review requirement to single family residences. For single-family residential projects, design review is required as follows:

Site above, or partially above, 150 Mean Sea Level
Hillside Lot
Site below 150 Mean Sea Level
Flatland Lot

Any addition greater than 500 sq. ft.

2nd or 3rd story addition greater than 400 sq. ft.

Public Hearings on Design Review

Hearing Body Meeting Date Action
Town Council January 10, 2012 Receive Petition from Residents
Town Council February 2, 2012 Discussion/No Action
Town Council March 30, 2012 Discussion/No Action
Planning Commission April 2, 2018 Discussion of Noticing
Town Council August 7, 2018 Sends to Planning Commission
Planning Commission  September 17, 2018 Review draft ordinance
Planning Commission November 19, 2018 Review draft ordinance
Planning Commission December 3, 2018 Recommend Council approve
Town Council  January 2019 Introduction of ordinance