Design Review Process

A list of active Staff-level Design Review submittals are shown in the following table:

Meeting Date

Project No.

Project Description


Design Review Notice

Plans Decision Letter    
 20-028 New Custom Home 
 612 Landrise Court
PN 20-028 Notice   Plan Set  
 20-Feb-20  20-012 New Custom Home
324 Canyon Falls Drive
 PN 20-012 Notice Plan Set   
 20-Feb-20 19-420
 New Custom Home
 154 Flat Rock Court
PN 19-420 Notice
 Plan Set  
 20-Feb-20  20-027  New Custom Home
 721 Oreno Circle
PN 20-027 Notice   Plan Set  
 20-Feb-20  19-241 New Custom Home
 2014 Ritchie Street
PN 19-241 Notice
Plan Set   
 20-Feb-20  19-454  New Custom Home
2010 Ritchie Street
 PN 19-454 Notice Plan Set    
 20-Feb-20  20-036 Residential Addition
135 Fantages Way 
PN 20-036 Notice  Plan Set  
 6-Feb-20 20-014  Deck & Patio Cover Addition  128 Hillswood Drive  PN 20-014 Notice Plan Set  Approval Letter 
2-Jan-20  19-457 Exterior Remodel & Repaint  2739 East Bidwell Street  PN 19-457 Notice   Plan Set Approval Letter 

1. Application Submittal: 

Design Review Applications are submitted to Planning Staff. The Planning Counter is located on the second floor of City Hall and is open daily until 1:00 p.m.  The application document includes a detailed list of submittal requirements.

2.      Initial Application Review:

Planning Staff will determine whether the Design Review Application is subject to staff-level approval from the Community Development Director , or from the Planning/Historic District Commission.

If a submittal is considered exempt from Design Review by Planning Staff, the applicant will be referred to the Building Division to determine if a building permit(s) is required for the project.

3.      Application Completeness:

Staff determines if Design Review Application is complete or incomplete.  A complete list of the submittal requirements is provided with the Design Review Application.

If Design Review Application is considered incomplete, Staff will provide applicant with a written description of the items necessary to deem the application complete.

4.      Application Review:

Once the Design Review Application is deemed complete by Staff, the submittal is reviewed by City Staff, including (but not limited to) the  Engineering, Building, Arborist, and Planning Divisions. A notice will then be posted on the project site informing the public of the day and time of the Design Review Hearing/Meeting for the project at least ten days prior to the hearing/meeting.

5.      Application Determination:

Commission-Level Reviews

For Commission-level reviews, a hearing is held by the Planning Commission (or the Historic District Commission if the project is in the Historic District). This meeting occurs on the Wednesday following the posting of the Design Review notice on the project site at City Hall Council Chambers, 50 Natoma Street. Historic District Commission hearings occur at 5:00 p.m. and Planning Commission hearings occur at 6:30 p.m. The Commission votes on whether to approve, conditionally approve, or deny the Design Review Application. 

Staff reports and minutes are located here for the the Planning Commission and here and Historic District Commission. Any person dissatisfied with the action of the Planning/Historic District Commission may appeal  the decision to the City Council within the ten calendar days of this decision.

Staff-Level Reviews

For Staff-level reviews, Planning Staff conducts a meeting to discuss the submittal and take in comments from the public. This meeting occurs on the Thursday following the posting of the Design Review notice on the project site (at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Development Conference Room, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 50 Natoma Street).  After this meeting, Planning Staff will make a decision to approve, conditionally approve, or deny the Design Review Application.  The  applicant will be notified in writing (by e-mail or mail) within ten calendar days of the decision regarding the Design Review Application.

Once a decision is issued regarding the Design Review Application, a notice shall be posted on the City website stating the decision and the right to file an appeal pursuant to Section 17.06.110 of the municipal code.