Residential Design Review Committee

About the Residential Design Review Committee

The Residential Design Review Committee (RDRC) is comprised of three members: a planning commissioner appointed by the Planning Commission; a resident volunteer appointed by the City Council; and an architect or design professional appointed by the City Council.

The RDRC assures the architecture and general appearance of new residential construction and some additions are in keeping with the character of the surrounding neighborhood.

Criteria for review by the RDRC:

  • All new homes;
  • Additions that create a residence greater than 3,000 square feet on lots less than 7,500 square feet in area;
  • Additions that create residences on slopes of five percent or greater with a total square footage equal to or greater than a percentage of the lot size, based on a sliding scale tied to slope of the lot; and
  • When the Community Development Director, in his or her opinion, has determined the public interest would be better served by referral of an item directly to the RDRC.


The RDRC meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.

Current RDRC Members

Shannon Bergman (appointed by Planning Commission) 6/30/2019
VACANT  (design professional appointed by Council) 6/30/2020
Eugene Sakai (contracted architect/licensed design professional) --
John Stewart (contracted architect/licensed design professional)  --


The City is currently accepting applications to fill one (1) vacant seat on the RDRC. Click here for the RDRC recruitment information

More Information

For more information, email the Planning Division at or call (650) 802-4263.