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Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report & Scoping Session for North Fair Oaks Rezoning & General Plan Amendment Project

We are preparing a Draft EIR for the North Fair Oaks Rezoning and General Plan Amendment Project and are requesting comments on scope and content. Attend a public scoping meeting on May 11.... View more


The Planning and Building Department is proposing amendments to the CMU and NMU mixed-use residential zoning regulations applicable to various areas of the unincorporated North Fair Oaks community, and is also studying the possible expansion of the CMU and NMU zoning designations to encompass additional residentially-zoned areas, in order to facilitate production of housing in the area.

In 2011, the County of San Mateo adopted the North Fair Oaks Community Plan, which includes a broad range of land use policies to address the needs and goals of the North Fair Oaks community, and to in particular to facilitate production of housing and mixed-use residential development in North Fair Oaks.

To implement the Community Plan, the County subsequently adopted mixed-use zoning designations, standards, and procedures as part of the County Zoning Regulations.

Since that time, administration of the adopted zoning has revealed areas that would benefit from clarification, correction, and/or streamlining of various standards and processes, in order to make the regulations more readily understandable, easier and more effective in implementation, and to incorporate recent changes in State law.

In addition, the County has identified several areas adjacent to the existing high-density residentially-zoned areas that might be appropriate for application of similar zoning designations, in order to facilitate consistent development patterns across these areas, and promote production of additional housing.

Goals for the project include:

  1. Adopt more effective zoning by revising provisions that are difficult to administer and/or implement, replacing provisions necessitating subjective interpretation with objective standards, refining development application and review procedures, incorporating best practices that better promote Community Plan policies, and amending regulations that are in conflict with mandates of State law.
  2. Study the potential to increase capacity for housing in areas adjacent to existing high-density mixed-use residentially zoned areas along the northern portion of both Middlefield Road and El Camino Real, by modifying General Plan designations and zoning standards to potentially allow taller buildings, greater density, reduced building setbacks, modified parking requirements, and/or other strategies, while simultaneously protecting and expanding equitable access to opportunities, community livability, and desirable aspects of community character.

For more about the project, and for information on upcoming events, opportunities for participation and comment, and other information, please visit

Environmental Impact Report, Notice of Preparation, and Scoping Session. The County of San Mateo is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the North Fair Oaks Rezoning and General Plan Amendment Project. A Notice of Preparation will be issued shortly, requesting comment on the scope and preparation of the EIR.

The County of San Mateo Planning Commission will conduct a public scoping session for the EIR when it meets on May 11, 2022, starting at 9:00 am. This meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. For meeting agenda and updates, including the Zoom link for the meeting, visit the Planning Commission webpage.

For additional information, contact:

Will Gibson, Planner III
Planning & Building Department
455 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063