Objective Standards

The City of Campbell is undertaking a planning effort to create objective standards for all residential projects that respect and build upon Campbell’s unique character and distinctive neighborhoods. As part of this effort, the City is also clarifying procedures related to residential design review and permitting. The City is undertaking this project to conform with recent State law changes that require local jurisdictions to adopt objective standards and streamline the review and permitting processes for housing development.

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.” 

Examples of objective standards include: 1) Blank walls (without doors and windows) of more than 20 linear feet are prohibited along any street facing façade; and 2) A minimum one-foot offset is required for any wall plane that exceeds 30 feet in length.

Examples of subjective standards include: 1) Ensure new projects are compatible with the character of the neighborhood; and 2) Ensure new buildings are in harmony with the height and size of adjoining structures. 

Which Documents are Being Updated?

  1. Area Plans
  2.  Design Guidelines
  3. Zoning Code
San Tomas Area Neighborhood Plan
Campbell Village Area Neighborhood Plan
Downtown Development Plan
East Campbell Avenue Master Plan
North of Campbell Avenue Area Plan (NOCA)
South of Campbell Avenue Area Plan (SOCA)
Winchester Boulevard Master Plan

How Long Will This Take?

This project is anticipated to take about 12 months, starting in Fall 2020 and ending in the Fall 2021. The major steps in the process are as follows:
Objective Standards Schedule

When is the Next Meeting?

Meeting #1 - October 6, 2020  - Project Kick-Off with City Council


Where Can I Learn More?

More information about the project will be provided periodically on this page. You may join upcoming webinars/public workshops for the latest information on project status, background studies, and for copies of project documents. Copies of presentations and links to public hearing materials will be provided on this website once available as follows:

PowerPoint Presentations (Coming Soon)

 
 

Public Hearings (Coming Soon)