Meetings

Workshops /
Pop-Up Events

Community workshops and events are an important part of the General Plan Update process. Future workshops and events will be posted once the date, time, and location have been finalized. Materials for both future and past events can be found on this page. We encourage your attendance at the community workshops and events throughout the process!

Community Events

Date/Time: Doors open at 9 a.m. for breakfast and childcare, discussion 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, May 18, 2019

Location: Hillsdale High School cafeteria, 3115 Del Monte St., San Mateo

Bring a friend and RSVP for your free tickets online today! Spanish translation will be provided.

Upcoming Workshops / Pop-Up Events

CANCELLED – Draft Alternatives Open Houses

We are postponing the upcoming General Plan Update workshops as we expect attendance to be very low following guidance by the San Mateo County Health Officer that non-essential events be cancelled.

Community input is an essential part of the General Plan Update and an online engagement tool will be available soon. We will also arrange opportunities for in-person feedback at a later date. Stay tuned to StriveSanMateo.org for more information about the General Plan Update.

We are working closely with the County of San Mateo to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation and its potential impacts in the City of San Mateo. The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, and San Mateo County Health remain the best resources for current information about the novel coronavirus and information is available at www.cdc.gov or https://smchealth.org/coronavirus.

At this time, all other essential meetings and programs hosted by the City of San Mateo will continue, and we will evaluate non-essential public gatherings on a case-by-case basis.

GENERAL PLAN WORKSHOPS:

  • Saturday, March 7
  • Monday, March 9
  • Thursday, March 12

HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

There are currently no events scheduled at this time.

Past Workshops / Pop-Up Events


  • Virtual General Plan Workshop #2

    January 27, 2022
    Online

    Help Shape San Mateo’s Future! We listened to the community to create three alternative plans for land use and circulation in San Mateo. This was an informational workshop to learn more about the alternative plans and the findings of the alternatives evaluation. The same information was provided at both workshops and Spanish interpretation was available at this workshop.

    The workshop materials and other resources can be found below.

    • Presentation slides from the workshop.
    • Workshop Agenda. Details the workshop topics and timing.
    • Alternatives Welcome Handout. Provides a high-level overview of the alternatives.
    • Alternatives Evaluation Workbook. Provides information to help you give meaningful input about choosing a preferred land use and circulation scenario. The workbook evaluates the land use and transportation alternatives on a wide variety of criteria, which are intended to help community members and decision-makers understand the impacts and benefits of each alternative. We understand you may not have time to read the Alternatives Evaluation Report and no preparation is necessary to attend the workshop.
    • Land Use Alternatives Maps. Shows the land use alternatives at a citywide scale.
    • Land Use Alternatives by Study Area. Shows the land use alternatives by study area.
    • Place Types Menu. Illustrates the draft land use designations (the colors on the land use alternative maps) with images and descriptions of the different types of intensities of development.
    • Circulation Alternatives. Show the circulation alternatives at a citywide scale.
    • Frequently Asked Questions. Answers frequently asked questions about the land use alternatives process.
    • Existing General Plan Land Use Map. Shows the existing General Plan land use designations.
    • ArcUrban Land Use Alternatives Model. In addition to the Alternatives Evaluation, you can also envision and compare the land use alternatives using this online tool that shows potential height and massing within selected parts of four of the study areas. None of these alternatives have been adopted and no development projects have been proposed yet. The shapes you see in the online model are not actual buildings. These shapes provide a visual representation of the range of possible heights and intensities that could be proposed under each alternative. The model shows one way heights and intensities could change under each alternative, although there are many iterations of how this could unfold depending on the configuration of future proposed projects. Existing buildings are shown in white. Different colors represent the different land use categories applied to each parcel. See the Place Types Menu for more detail on land use categories. Within the model, you can move around to change your vantage point, looking at the different alternatives from different angles and perspectives.



  • Virtual General Plan Workshop #1

    January 22, 2022
    Online

    Help Shape San Mateo’s Future! We listened to the community to create three alternative plans for land use and circulation in San Mateo. This was an informational workshop to learn more about the alternative plans and the findings of the alternatives evaluation. The same information was provided at both workshops.

    The workshop materials and other resources can be found below.

    • Presentation slides from the workshop.
    • Workshop Agenda. Details the workshop topics and timing.
    • Alternatives Welcome Handout. Provides a high-level overview of the alternatives.
    • Alternatives Evaluation Workbook. Provides information to help you give meaningful input about choosing a preferred land use and circulation scenario. The workbook evaluates the land use and transportation alternatives on a wide variety of criteria, which are intended to help community members and decision-makers understand the impacts and benefits of each alternative.
    • Land Use Alternatives Maps. Shows the land use alternatives at a citywide scale.
    • Land Use Alternatives by Study Area. Shows the land use alternatives by study area.
    • Place Types Menu. Illustrates the draft land use designations (the colors on the land use alternative maps) with images and descriptions of the different types of intensities of development.
    • Circulation Alternatives. Show the circulation alternatives at a citywide scale.
    • Frequently Asked Questions. Answers frequently asked questions about the land use alternatives process.
    • Existing General Plan Land Use Map. Shows the existing General Plan land use designations.
    • ArcUrban Land Use Alternatives Model. In addition to the Alternatives Evaluation, you can also envision and compare the land use alternatives using this online tool that shows potential height and massing within selected parts of four of the study areas. None of these alternatives have been adopted and no development projects have been proposed yet. The shapes you see in the online model are not actual buildings. These shapes provide a visual representation of the range of possible heights and intensities that could be proposed under each alternative. The model shows one way heights and intensities could change under each alternative, although there are many iterations of how this could unfold depending on the configuration of future proposed projects. Existing buildings are shown in white. Different colors represent the different land use categories applied to each parcel. See the Place Types Menu for more detail on land use categories. Within the model, you can move around to change your vantage point, looking at the different alternatives from different angles and perspectives.



  • City of San Mateo Fair Housing Workshop

    January 13, 2022


    This workshop was held by the City of San Mateo to discuss how we as a city can facilitate and encourage practices that affirmatively further fair housing and continue to make an affordable housing plan that can serve all of San Mateo.

    To learn more, please visit: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/4478/Housing-Element-2023-2031




  • Let’s Talk Housing San Mateo County – Putting it All Together for a Better Future

    December 1, 2021
    Online

    Why are our housing prices so high, and what can we do about it? How can we create more affordable housing and great places to live? This meeting was part of a four-part webinar and discussion series to learn about housing issues in the County so that the community can help plan for a shared future that is better for all of us. (Hosted by 21 Elements of San Mateo County)

    To learn more, visit: letstalkhousing.org/events




  • Let’s Talk Housing San Mateo County – Housing in a Climate of Change

    November 10, 2021
    Online

    Why are our housing prices so high, and what can we do about it? How can we create more affordable housing and great places to live? This meeting was part of a four-part webinar and discussion series to learn about housing issues in the County so that the community can help plan for a shared future that is better for all of us. (Hosted by 21 Elements of San Mateo County)

    To learn more, visit: letstalkhousing.org/events




  • City of San Mateo Housing Policy Workshop Webinar

    November 2, 2021
    Online

    The City of San Mateo administers several housing related programs to address the complex array of housing issues that we continue to face. As part of the Housing Element update, the future direction of housing programs in the city must be tailored to fit the evolving needs of the community. This community workshop was held to help inform the City what housing programs the city needs, or how we can change our existing programs to provide the best service to the people of our city.

    To learn more, visit: letstalkhousing.org/events




  • Let’s Talk Housing San Mateo County – Housing and Racial Equity

    October 27, 2021
    Online

    Why are our housing prices so high, and what can we do about it? How can we create more affordable housing and great places to live? This meeting was part of a four-part webinar and discussion series to learn about housing issues in the County so that the community can help plan for a shared future that is better for all of us. (Hosted by 21 Elements of San Mateo County)

    To learn more, visit: letstalkhousing.org/events




  • Let’s Talk Housing San Mateo County – Why Affordability Matters

    October 13, 2021
    Online

    Why are our housing prices so high, and what can we do about it? How can we create more affordable housing and great places to live? This meeting was part of a four-part webinar and discussion series to learn about housing issues in the County so that the community can help plan for a shared future that is better for all of us. (Hosted by 21 Elements of San Mateo County)

    To learn more, visit: letstalkhousing.org/events




  • Pop-up Event at Dia de los Muertos

    October 9, 2021
    Martin Luther King Community Center
    San Mateo


    The General Plan team hosted a booth at the
    Dia De los Muertos event.




  • Housing and Community Needs Workshop

    September 29, 2021
    Online

    The Community Relations Commission held the first of many housing workshops for the purpose of learning about the community’s needs and concerns such as housing affordability, being able to live close to employment, housing for those with special needs, fair housing, displacement, and more. This workshop was held as a part of the regular Community Relations Commission meeting on September 29, 2021 online via Zoom.

    View Video

    Presentation Slides

    Speaker Notes




  • Pop-up Event at Central Park Music Series

    August 5, 2021
    Central Park
    San Mateo

     
    The General Plan team hosted a booth at the Central Park Music Series event.




  • Pop-up Event at Central Park Music Series

    July 29, 2021
    Central Park
    San Mateo

     
    The General Plan team hosted a booth at the Central Park Music Series event.




  • Imagining Scenarios for San Mateo’s Future Virtual Workshop #3

    May 18, 2021
    Online

    We listened to the community to create three Draft Alternatives for San Mateo’s future. Learn about the Draft Alternatives and help us improve them. This workshop was similar to the two previous workshops held on Thursday, April 15th and Saturday, April 17th.

    Workshop Flyer

    Meeting Materials

    Materiales en Español

    May 18 Workshop Results 




  • Introduction to the Housing Element Virtual Workshop #3




  • Let’s Talk Housing: All About RHNA

    April 22, 2021
    Online

    For more information please visit: https://www.letstalkhousing.org

    Meeting Recording

    Presentation Slides




  • Imagining Scenarios for San Mateo’s Future Virtual Workshop #2




  • Imagining Scenarios for San Mateo’s Future Virtual Workshop #1




  • Taller de Introducción al Plan General y el Elemento de Vivienda (Taller comunitario en español)

    April 10, 2021
    Online

    Nuevo al Plan General y el Elemento de Vivienda? Obtenga más información sobre cómo se utiliza el Plan General para planificar y guiar los cambios en la comunidad, y cómo la Ciudad debe planificar con anticipación la vivienda para todos los niveles de ingresos. Este evento se llevó a cabo en español y fue coorganizado por la Ciudad de San Mateo y el Centro de Resolución de Conflictos de la Península (PCRC).

    ¿Preguntas? Para información en español, haga el favor de llamar al (650) 513-0330, ext. 313.

    Diapositivas de la Presentación




  • Introduction to the Housing Element Virtual Workshop #2




  • Introduction to the Housing Element Virtual Workshop #1



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