How were the proposed Objective Design Standards developed?

City staff reviewed existing objective and subjective standards in the General Plan, Smart Code, Implementing Zoning Ordinance, Petaluma River Enhancement Plan, and Landscaping and Parking Guidelines for Site Plan and Architecture Review. We also reviewed objective design standards for different cities in the Bay Area, including Los Gatos, Alameda, Milpitas, Palo Alto, and Santa Rosa, for best practices. Information was compiled into a draft set of objective standards unique to Petaluma. During public review, we look forward to working with the design and land use professionals, the community, the Planning Commission, and other stakeholders to ensure that these standards appropriately support the development of affordable housing while maintaining community character, supporting connectivity, building equity, and working towards a sustainable future. 

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