Washington Commons@ 817-825 EAST WASHINGTON

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Project Description

Washington Commons is proposing a multifamily development with 50 dwellings for the site, to include studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom dwellings, with 49 dwellings targeted for households at the Very low- and Low-income levels and 1 dwelling to be reserved for an on-site manager. The ±50,000 square foot building would include four levels and would be ±50' tall. The ±32,000 square foot site would include limited surface parking, landscaping, and a courtyard. The proposed development would include resident-serving amenities such as a community room, services, and property management offices, as well as an on-site laundry room, and bicycle parking. Project approval is subject to review under Senate Bill #35 (SB 35). The project is also subject to review under State Density Bonus Law, and would exceed the Implementing Zoning Ordinance limits for residential density and building height and will provide a reduced setback to the interior property lines as well as reduced parking.

On December 5, 2022, Washington Commons filed a formal Notice of Intent to apply for an affordable housing development project under the SB 35 ministerial review process. In response to this filing, on December 21, 2022, the City provided notice to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. On January 3, 2023, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria requested consultation, and this consultation is ongoing. Pursuant to SB 35 regulations, tribal consultation must be completed before this project can submit an SB 35 application to the City.

Application and Processing Timeline

Pursuant to Senate Bill 35 (SB-35) the project will be subject to ministerial streamlined review. SB-35 requires that the City determine if the project is eligible for ministerial streamlined review within 30 days of application submittal, and if so, the City would then be limited to ministerial review of this project using objective standards (such as objective dimensional or stylistic requirements that require no personal or subjective judgment), and must approve the project within 60 days. Once approved, the next step for this project would be to apply for a building permit.

During the 60-day review period, the applicant will present the project to the Planning Commission at a study session (date to be determined) and the Planning Commission will have the opportunity to provide non-binding comments for consideration as part of the ministerial streamlined review.

Environmental Review

A project that qualifies for streamlined ministerial review under SB-35 is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act.

Project Details

APN(s): 007-022-065
Address: 817 - 825 East Washington
Zoning: MU1 (Mixed Use 1)
File Number: PLPR-2022-0006
Applicant: Lauren Fuhrey
303 Vintage Park Drive
Suite 250
Foster City, CA 94404


Project Documents

Public Meetings

  • Planning Commission Study Session - TBD

Staff Contact

Greg Powell
Principal Planner
[email protected]

Planning Division
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA

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