Meetings

City Council / Planning Commission Meetings

Throughout the General Plan Update project, the City Council and Planning Commission will be presented with information at key milestones and asked for direction or approval.  The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. Meeting materials will be posted on the Friday before each meeting.

Upcoming City Council / Planning Commission Meetings


  • City Council Adoption Hearing - General Plan 2040

    Date/Time: 7:00 pm, March 4, 2024
    Location: Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo,

     
    Since 2018, the City has been working on General Plan 2040 - the plan that lays out the community’s vision for how our city will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. After 5.5 years of extensive community conversations and engagement, General Plan 2040 is now ready for adoption! The final General Plan reflects community input and Council’s direction provided on the Draft General Plan during the Fall of 2023.

    At this initial adoption hearing, the City Council will receive a presentation of the General Plan 2040, the Final Environmental Impact Report, and Climate Action Plan Technical Update; collect and consider public input and the Planning Commission’s recommendations; and review these documents and provide direction to staff, as needed, to ensure that the General Plan is ready for adoption. However, the Council will not be taking action to adopt General Plan 2040 or certify Environmental Impact Report at this meeting.

    The meeting materials and Zoom login information will be available ahead of the meeting at: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal 




  • City Council Adoption Hearing - General Plan 2040

    Date/Time: 7:00 pm, March 18, 2024
    Location: Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo,

     
    Since 2018, the City has been working on General Plan 2040 - the plan that lays out the community’s vision for how our city will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. After 5.5 years of extensive community conversations and engagement, General Plan 2040 is now ready for adoption! The final General Plan reflects community input and Council’s direction provided on the Draft General Plan during the Fall of 2023.

    At this final adoption hearing, the City Council will review the final version of General Plan 2040, the Final Environmental Impact Report, and Climate Action Plan Technical Update; receive public input; and consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report, and adoption of the General Plan and Climate Action Plan Technical Update.

    The meeting materials and Zoom login information will be available ahead of the meeting at: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal 



Past City Council / Planning Commission Meetings


  • Planning Commission - General Plan 2040

    January 30, 2024
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    Since 2018, the City has been working on General Plan 2040 - the plan that lays out the community’s vision for how our city will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. After 5.5 years of extensive community conversations and engagement, General Plan 2040 is now ready for adoption! The final General Plan reflects community input and Council’s direction provided on the Draft General Plan during the Fall of 2023.

    At this meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the final version of General Plan 2040 and the Final Environmental Impact Report for General Plan 2040, collected public input, and provided a recommendation for City Council consideration during the adoption hearings that will be held on March 4th and March 18th.




  • City Council Special Meeting - Land Use Element

    November 13, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    On October 30, 2023, the City Council held a special meeting to receive an overview of Draft General Plan 2040’s Land Use Element, Introduction and Glossary, receive public comments and provide direction to staff on these sections. During the meeting, the Council discussed and provided direction on updates and revisions to the Introduction, Glossary, Land Use Element and Land Use Map. At this meeting, Council also requested additional information on parcels within ¼-mile of a Caltrain station, the Measure Y community benefits framework, and what could be allowed under the recently enacted state legislation AB 1287. On November 13, 2023, the City Council continued the discussion and provided final direction for any revisions to the Final General Plan.




  • City Council Special Meeting - Land Use Element

    October 30, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    In this public meeting, the City Council reviewed the Land Use Element, Introduction, and Glossary of the Draft General Plan. The City Council considered suggested changes from the community, General Plan Subcommittee, and Planning Commission and provided direction on any revisions to the Final General Plan.




  • City Council - Safety, Public Services and Facilities, and Circulation Elements

    October 16, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    In this public meeting, the City Council reviewed three elements of the Draft General Plan: Safety, Public Services and Facilities, and Circulation. The City Council considered suggested changes from the community, General Plan Subcommittee, and Planning Commission and provided direction on any revisions to the Final General Plan.




  • City Council - Draft EIR, Community Design and Historic Resources, Noise, and Conservation, Open Space and Recreation Elements

    October 2, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    In this public meeting, the City Council reviewed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) and three elements of the Draft General Plan: Community Design and Historic Preservation, Noise, and Conservation, Open Space, and Parks. The City Council considered suggested changes from the community, General Plan Subcommittee and Planning Commission and provided direction on any revisions to the Final General Plan.




  • Planning Commission - Draft General Plan 2040

    September 26, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    The General Plan lays out the community’s vision for how our City will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. At this meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the Strive San Mateo Draft General Plan 2040 and recommended revisions.




  • Planning Commission - Draft Environmental Impact Report

    September 12, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this meeting, the Planning Commission heard public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR). The DEIR is an assessment of the potential environmental consequences of the proposed policies, programs, and actions in the General Plan.




  • City Council - Housing Element Study Session

    June 5, 2023
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at City Hall (Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

     
    The City Council held a study session to discuss options to update the City’s 2023-2031 Housing Element. The City’s Housing Element, a state-mandated plan for how San Mateo can accommodate at least 7,015 new homes over the next eight years, has received a second round of comments from the State Housing and Community development Department (HCD); through an official letter of response dated March 27, 2023.

    The 2023-2031 Housing Element establishes goals, policies and programs to help address the City’s current and future housing needs. The comments from HCD are requiring the City to find new strategies for identifying enough sites within the City deemed adequate for development to meet its affordable housing needs. The City Council previously held a study session on April 17, 2023 and recommended that City Staff explore several recommended alternatives to increase housing potential, and to present their findings at a subsequent public hearing. The public was invited to attend the City Council study session on June 5th to consider the recommendations presented by staff and to provide public comments on the Housing Element.

    Please visit the City's Public Meeting Portal for the meeting agenda, report and video recording.

     




  • City Council Study Session - Land Use Heights and Densities, and Measure Y

    April 3, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    The City Council held a public hearing on March 6th to provide direction on the height and density ranges associated with each land use designation that will be included in the Public Review Draft General Plan, confirm direction on General Plan alignment with Measure Y and a future ballot initiative to update Measure Y, and provide input, if desired, on other policies or programs/actions in the General Plan Update, including the Housing Element.

    At this public meeting on April 3rd, the City Council will confirm the proposed height and density ranges that go into the Public Review Draft General Plan and if/when a communitywide survey should be conducted to gauge support for these height and density ranges. This is a study session, so no formal actions will be taken, and all elements of the General Plan are considered draft until the General Plan is formally adopted by the City Council.

    Please visit the City's Public Meeting Portal for the meeting agenda, report and video recording.

     




  • City Council Study Session - Land Use Heights and Densities, and Measure Y

    March 6, 2023
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this public meeting, the City Council was asked to confirm if the proposed height ranges associated with each land use designation are appropriate to include in the Public Review Draft General Plan, confirm direction on General Plan alignment with Measure Y and a future ballot initiative to update Measure Y, and provide input, if desired, on other policies or programs/actions in the General Plan Update, including the Housing Element.




  • City Council - Housing Element Update 2023-2031

    January 24, 2023
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at City Hall (Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    The City Council held a public hearing to receive public comment and consider adoption of the 2023-2031 Housing Element. The City’s Updated Housing Element was revised in response to comments from the State Housing and Community development Department (HCD); and published for a second round of public review on December 30, 2022. The second formal public review period was between December 30, 2022 and January 9, 2023, however comments are still being accepted.

    The Planning Commission held a public hearing on January 12, 2023 and recommended that the City Council decline to adopt the Housing Element as drafted. The City Council held a public hearing on January 24th to receive public comments, consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and take action on the Updated Housing Element.




  • Planning Commission - Housing Element Update 2023-2031

    January 12, 2023
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at San Mateo Main Library, Oak Room, 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402

    The Planning Commission held a public hearing for the 2023-2031 Housing Element. The City updated the 2023-2031 Housing Element in response to comments from the State Housing and Community Development Department (HCD); and it was available for a second round of public review between December 30, 2022 and January 9, 2023. For more information about the Housing Element, please visit the City's Housing Element webpage.




  • City Council - Draft Goals and Policies

    November 7, 2022
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this public meeting, the City Council reviewed input from the community, Planning Commission, and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided direction on the draft goals and policies for the General Plan.

     




  • City Council - Housing Element Study Session

    November 7, 2022
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at City Hall (Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

     
    The City Council held a Study Session on Monday, November 7th to review the response letter from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on the City’s Draft Housing Element, receive public comments and provide direction on updating the Draft Housing Element. Topics addressed included a deeper analysis on issues related to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, providing more detail on redevelopment trends and constraints of the sites identified in the inventory, and creating new housing policies and programs in accordance with state statute that are addressed with measurable metrics and stricter timelines.  The HCD comment letter was posted to the City’s Housing Element webpage.




  • City Council - Draft Goals and Policies

    October 3, 2022
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this public meeting, the City Council reviewed input from the community, Planning Commission, and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided direction on the draft goals and policies for the General Plan.




  • Planning Commission - Draft Goals and Policies

    September 27, 2022
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this public meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed input from the community and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided a recommendation on the draft goals and policies for the General Plan.




  • Planning Commission - Draft Goals and Policies

    September 13, 2022
    Hybrid Format (remotely via Zoom and in person at City Hall Council Chambers),
    San Mateo,

     
    At this public meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed input from the community and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided a recommendation on the draft goals and policies for the General Plan.




  • City Council Meeting - Preferred Scenario

    July 18, 2022
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at City Hall (Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    At this public meeting, the City Council confirmed the draft land use map and the heights and densities associated with each land use category for the General Plan Update, and considered a land use designation request at 1501-1555 Hillsdale Blvd.




  • City Council Meeting - Housing Element Update 2023-2031

    May 23, 2022
    Remotely via Zoom and in-person at City Hall (Council Chambers), 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    Based on community, Planning Commission, and City Council input, the City has developed a Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element that identifies how the City can accommodate 7,015 housing units over the next 8 years and establishes goals, policies and programs to help address the current and future housing needs within the City while affirmatively further fair housing policies. It is an important document that will guide future decisions about housing and sets forth an action plan to implement housing goals in the next eight years.

    The City Council held a public hearing to receive community input and consider the Draft Housing Element. The Draft Housing Element is available for public review at City Hall and online at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/4478/Housing-Element-2023-2031.




  • Planning Commission Meeting - Housing Element

    May 3, 2022
    Online

    This meeting was a continuance from the April 26, 2022 public hearing. Please visit the City's Public Meeting Portal for the meeting agenda, report and video recording.




  • City Council Meeting - Preferred Scenario

    April 18, 2022
    Online

    At this public meeting, the City Council reviewed the input from the community, Planning Commission and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided direction on the preferred land use and circulation scenario.




  • Planning Commission Meeting - Preferred Scenario

    March 22, 2022
    Online

    At this meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the input from the community and General Plan Subcommittee, and provided a recommendation to the City Council on the preferred land use and circulation scenario.




  • Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting

    January 25, 2022
    Online

    The City held a scoping meeting to solicit public comment on the environmental issues to be addressed in the City's Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan Update. The scoping meeting was held as part of the scheduled Planning Commission meeting. Due to the State of California’s Declaration of Emergency and Shelter in Place Order, all City Council and Commission meetings were held remotely. The public was able to attend the scoping meeting and provide comment virtually using the instructions included in the agenda and provided on the City’s website at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal.

    Presentation Slides




  • City Council Meeting

    August 16, 2021
    Online

    At this meeting, the City Council heard a summary of the community, General Plan Subcommittee, and Planning Commission feedback on the draft alternatives and provided direction on whether the draft alternatives represent a sufficient range of alternatives to evaluate in the next phase of the project.  The City Council did not choose among the alternatives at this meeting; that process will begin after the alternatives have been evaluated and the General Plan team shares that evaluation with the community in Winter 2021 through Spring 2022.




  • Planning Commission Meeting

    July 27, 2021
    Online

    At this meeting, the Planning Commission heard a summary of the community and General Plan Subcommittee feedback on the draft alternatives and considered whether the draft alternatives represent a sufficient range of alternatives to evaluate in the next phase of the project. The Planning Commission did not choose among the alternatives at this meeting; that process will begin after the alternatives have been evaluated and the General Plan team shares that evaluation with the community in Winter 2021 through Spring 2022.




  • City Council General Plan Status Update

    May 17, 2021
    Online

    At this meeting, the General Plan Team provided the Council an update on the General Plan. Meeting materials from the meeting can be found on the City’s website.




  • City Council Meeting

    January 19, 2021
    Online

    On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the City Council received a status update, considered next steps and provided feedback for the General Plan and Housing Element update processes.  The City Council meeting began at 7 pm, and was open to the public.

    To access meeting materials and watch the meeting on Zoom, please follow the online directions at: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal




  • City Council Study Session

    June 15, 2020
    Online

    The City Council held a study session on General Plan next steps on Monday, June 15th at 5:00 pm.  To view the meeting materials, please use Chrome to access: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal

    If you have comments or questions, please contact Zachary Dahl at generalplan@cityofsanmateo.org.




  • City Council Study Session: Clarification of Study Areas

    October 7, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

    The General Plan is the document that guides how the City will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. General Plan study areas are those areas that are most likely to change over the next 20 years. Those changes could be new development, new bike or pedestrian amenities, traffic improvements, infrastructure upgrades, street beautification, or other changes. Identifying study areas is the first step in the process to envision, evaluate, and choose among future alternative scenarios.

    At this meeting, the City Council provided clarification on the General Plan study areas based on feedback from the community to update the Study Area Boundaries Map Version 4 (V4), including eliminating one- and two-family residentially zoned parcels from study areas and increasing focus on residential growth by employing accessory dwelling units. This change confirmed that no land use alternatives or upzoning will be initially considered in the one- and two-family residential zones throughout the city.

    Please visit the events page to learn about future events. We welcome your feedback about the events through the comment form available here.




  • City Council Meeting

    August 19, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    At this meeting, the City Council reviewed the draft study areas.




  • Planning Commission Meeting

    July 23, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    At this meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the draft study areas. The meeting packet from the meeting is available online at: https://sanmateo.primegov.com/Portal/Meeting?compiledMeetingDocumentFileId=1373




  • City Council Meeting: Draft Vision Statement

    April 1, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    At this meeting, the City Council reviewed the Draft Vision Statement.
    Click here for meeting materials and video.




  • Planning Commission Meeting

    March 12, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    At this meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Vision Statement.
    Click here for meeting materials and video.




  • City Council Study Session

    January 22, 2019
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    Click here for meeting materials and video.




  • City Council Meeting

    August 8, 2018
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    On August 6, 2018, the City Council finalized the appointment of the seven member General Plan Subcommittee.
    Click here for meeting materials and video.




  • City Council Meeting

    June 18, 2018
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    On June 18, 2018, the City Council approved the composition and appointment process for the General Plan Subcommittee.
    Click here to access the meeting materials and video.




  • City Council Meeting

    May 21, 2018
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    On May 21, 2018, the City Council reviewed the draft public participation plan for the General Plan Update effort, which will include coordination with the Downtown Plan Update effort, and provided direction for the formation of the General Plan Subcommittee.
    Click here to access the meeting materials and video.




  • City Council Meeting

    April 16, 2018
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    On April 16, 2018, the City Council approved the Agreement with PlaceWorks, Inc. for consultant services.
    Click here to access the meeting materials and video.




  • City Council & Planning Commission Joint Study Session

    October 30, 2017
    City Hall (Council Chambers)
    San Mateo

     
    On October 30, 2017, the City Council provided direction to staff to initiate the update of the General Plan including the hiring of consultants to assist City staff with the multi-year effort.
    Click here for meeting materials and video.



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