Helpful Information Links 

San Mateo General Plan Update

San Mateo's General Plan hopes to express the vision of the community about how the City will look, feel and change in the next 20 years.

San Mateo Historic Resources Information Handout

This brochure provides an overview of the review and regulation of historic resources in the City of San Mateo, including the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, the Zoning Code, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

How-to Manual: Creating a Sense of Place

Communities with an appealing sense of place typically exude a style all their own that reflects their history, economy and attitude. In these communities, careful planning has helped to preserve, highlight and augment important features such as civic buildings, central parks or town squares, architecturally or historically important buildings, heritage trees and scenic vistas.


Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities

Form-based codes use physical form rather than separation of uses as the organizing principle for zoning. The aim is to produce predictable built results and a high-quality public realm.

Livable California

Livable California is a nonprofit that advocates for empowerment of local governments to foster equitable, livable communities and truly affordable housing.

The Embarcadero Institute

The Embarcadero Institute is a non-profit organization that publishes analysis that gives context to local policy. It seeks to make policy tangible, helping people understand what it means, not only for themselves and their neighbors, but also for the broader community.