Objective Design Standards
On May 3, 2021, the City Council approved Interim Objective Design Standards that are required for all mixed-use and multi-family residential developments with 2 or more residential units. A more comprehensive set of standards is currently being drafted and will replace these standards in fall 2021 (see below).
UPDATE: On Thursday, September 2nd 2021, the Planning Commission reviewed a draft set of comprehensive objective design standards. Public Comments were received on the draft, resulting in recommendations for a revised draft that is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission on September 16, 2021. The 9-16-21 and 9-2-21 Planning Commission meetings including the respective packets and videos can be viewed in the Meeting Calendar. Following a recommendation by the Planning Commission, staff will prepare a revised Draft Comprehensive Objective Design Standards for review by the City Council.
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to review the Draft Comprehensive Objective Design Standards on October 18, 2021.
The City welcomes all comments, suggestions, and concerns regarding these Interim Objective Design Standards. All community feedback will be considered as the City develops a more comprehensive set of standards. These enhanced objective design standards will include additional standards as well as graphics to help illustrate the intent behind the standards.
** Please email your comments and suggestions to Cindy.McCormick@cityofgilroy.org.
What are Objective Standards? State law defines objective standards as those that “involve no personal or subjective judgement by a public official and are uniformly verifiable by reference to an external and uniform benchmark or criterion available and knowable by both the development applicant and public official prior to submittal.”
Why is Gilroy creating objective design standards? Many design standards are “subjective” and require personal interpretation of their meaning and application. This interpretation, in turn, can lead to a lengthy project review and approval process.
State Legislation: The State of California continues to enact new laws that require streamlined housing approval by establishing a by-right, ministerial approval process for multifamily residential development. Key to ministerial approval is the replacement of subjective design guidelines with objective standards. California State Senate Bill 35 (Government Code Section 65913.4) requires cities to establish objective design standards for multifamily residential development.
- In December 2020 and January 2021, the City's consultant held virtual meetings with stakeholders in the community including residents, contractors, developers, realtors, and other interested individuals.
- On March 8th 2021, the City Council held a public study session to discuss objective design standards and the City's expectations moving forward. Please review the recorded video and agenda at your convenience.
- On May 3rd, 2021, the City council reviewed and approved the interim standards at their regular public meeting. Comments were received from the public and are expected to continue to be received following the Council meeting.
- The City welcomes all comments, suggestions, and concerns. All community feedback will be considered as the City develops a more comprehensive set of standards. Please email your comments and suggestions to Cindy.McCormick@cityofgilroy.org.
- Public Hearings with the Planning Commission and the City Council are scheduled for September and October where the City will present the more comprehensive Draft standards for additional feedback and refinement.
- Future public outreach opportunities will be provided on this webpage and sent out to the City's social media platforms.