Richmond Livable Corridors Form Based Code

Richmond Livable Corridors

Project Contact

Lina Velasco, Senior Planner
(510) 620-6841

Project Description

The City's zoning and subdivision regulations (Zoning Update) are presently under comprehensive review and revision in order to ensure consistency with the General Plan. Prior to the Zoning Update process getting started, the City, through a Prop 84 Planning Grant, developed a draft Form-Based Code (FBC) for several of its commercial corridors and surrounding areas to implement the mixed-use vision established in the General Plan. Since these two regulatory documents are converging, staff is seeking Council approval to integrate the FBC into the Zoning Update to create a consolidated series of land use regulations.

City Council - September 20, 2016, 6:30 PM, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Council Chambers

Adopt Resolution directing staff to integrate portions of the draft Form-Based Code into the Zoning and Subdivisions Regulations Update.

Staff Report
1. Draft Resolution
A. Draft FBC
B. Architectural Guidelines
C. Sustainability Guidelines
D. Zoning Map Amendment

Project Description
The City of Richmond, in partnership with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), the Local Government Commission (LGC), and Opticos Design, Inc. has prepared a Final Draft Richmond Livable Corridors Form-Based Code (FBC) for three major commercial corridors in the City. Upon adoption, the FBC will be an implementation tool that guides the transformation and revitalization of Macdonald Avenue, San Pablo Avenue, and 23rd Street into livable, walkable, and economically thriving corridors. Portions of these three corridors are identified as Priority Development Areas (PDAs) by ABAG and MTC.

The intent of the FBC is to foster a high-quality built environment. The FBC focuses on the creation, revitalization, and preservation of vibrant, walkable urban places by utilizing physical form, rather than land use, as the primary organizing principle. It also promotes standards for both private and public spaces. The FBC addresses physical characteristics and standards governing private realm components along the corridors, including building placement, form, height, frontage, and land use, ensuring that new development contributes to walkable urbanism. The FBC also addresses roadways, streets, sidewalks, and civic spaces. Special emphasis is given to sustainability and public health indicators, ensuring that regulations promote environmentally responsible places that maximize public health benefits.  This community planning effort is funded in part through a grant awarded by the California Strategic Growth Council.