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Focused General Plan and Zoning Update (2020-2023)

The City of San Carlos adopted the current General Plan in 2009, and the City’s Housing Element was adopted and certified in 2015. These policy documents, combined with a strong economy and high demand for housing, have resulted in a significant number of housing development approvals over the past five years. Examples of recently approved housing or mixed-use developments include Wheeler Plaza, Transit Village and 530 Walnut Street.

Despite these new developments, San Carlos, like many cities on the Peninsula, is still struggling with historically high housing costs. In addition, most of the housing that has been proposed has been at market-rate levels, and below market-rate housing continues to be in short supply. In response to this, the San Carlos City Council has made housing a top strategic goal and has taken steps to create housing at all income levels and remains committed to doing even more.

The first step is selecting a qualified planning firm to assist the City in the preparation of a: Focused General Plan Update and Zoning Ordinance Revisions, including an update Housing Element (2023-2031), Safety Element and associated Environmental Impact Report. Requests for Proposals (RFP) was released on March 27, 2020 and the City expects to select a consultant team by the end of May or early June 2020.

Focused General Plan and Zoning Update RFP

This page will be updated shortly after the project kickoff.

Questions or comments can be addressed to Lisa Porras, Planning Manager, at