The Single Family Individual Review Application Process

SINGLE FAMILY INDIVIDUAL REVIEW CHECKLIST

Palo Alto Municipal Code, Chapter 16.48 "Architectural review"

This worksheet is meant to help homeowners, builders, architects, design professionals and neighborhood residents apply the Single Family Individual Review Guidelines to a particular project and neighborhood. 

Individual Review is required only for new two-story houses, new second stories and second story expansions exceeding 150 square feet. For the applicant, completing this checklist will help you to explore important design considerations as you prepare your project for Individual Review. 

The checklist can also provide an opportunity for adjacent property owners to record their comments regarding the proposed project.

It is important that you also review the Palo Alto Zoning Guidebook for the R-1 Property Owner and Builder, available at the Development Center.

PROJECT INFORMATION


Applicant's name:  

Project address: 

Scope of Project: New House 2nd Story Addition 2nd Story Addition over 150 SF

Is house on a corner lot? Yes No

Is house in a Flood Hazard Area? Yes No

Which direction is North? Left Right Front Rear Left-rear Right-rear

Left-front Right-front

Project Neighborhood

Barron Park

Fair Meadow

Midtown

Seale Addition

Boyce Addition

Garland

Miranda Green

So. Green Gables

Charleston Terrace

Green Acres I

Monroe Park

Southgate

College Terrace

Green Acres II

North Green Gables

University Park

Community Center

Green Meadow

Oak Creek

Ventura

Crescent Park

Greer Park

Old South Palo Alto

Walnut Grove

DeAnza

Hoover Park

Ortega

West Bayshore

Downtown North

Industrial Park

Palo Alto Hills

West Charleston

El Carmello

Leland Manor

Palo Verde

Other

Evergreen Park

Los Arboles

Professorville

 

PRIVACY

Guideline #1. How are second-story windows placed to respect privacy between properties?

Offset or stagger the windows facing neighbor's windows

The use of clerestory windows or windows located high enough to lessen the privacy impact

The use of translucent glass

Other (please explain)

 

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #2. How will second-story balconies or decks be located to minimize the loss of privacy for neighboring properties?

Enclosing walls or similar architectural features incorporated into the deck design

The deck location is pulled away from side property lines

Locating the balcony to eliminate direct site lines to neighbor's windows or patios

The use of screening devices such as trellises or awnings

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

MASS AND SCALE

Guideline #3(a). What method will be used in the design of a two-story house or second story addition sensitive to the predominant neighborhood scale?

By the use of dormer windows

Lowering the height of the second-story roof

Dividing up the mass by the use of smaller building elements

Set back the second-story from the front of the house

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #3(b). How will the new second-story addition balance the overall form, mass and composition of the existing building?

By the use of dormer windows

Lowering the height of the second-story roof

Dividing up the mass by incorporating smaller building elements

Set back the second-story from the front of the house

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #4. What method is used to make the new two-story home or second-story addition sensitive to the existing neighborhood height pattern, particularly the height of the adjacent houses?

A building height that is consistent with the neighborhood pattern

Reduced plate heights of second-story walls

Reduction of second-story mass

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #5(a). How is the front facade designed that will provide a visual interest, a sense of human scale, and a visual focal point that complements the overall design and enhances the residential scale?

Entry forms

Bay windows

Chimneys

Garden Walls

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #5(b). What method is used to compose second-story window locations, patterns, proportions, and shapes?

Entry forms

Bay windows

Chimneys

Garden Walls

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #6. How is the solar orientation of the adjacent neighbors' houses and yards respected?

Taller sections of building located to minimize sunlight obstructions to adjacent houses

Other (please explain)

 

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #7(a). How does the roof profile effectively mediate the house's scale and proportion?

Incorporate a consistent roof slope throughout

Articulate the roof into primary and secondary roof forms

Make/use roof slopes and materials consistent with the building style.

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 
Guideline #7(b). What method is used to complement the new roof with existing roof?

Incorporate a consistent roof slope throughout

Articulate the roof into primary and secondary roof forms

Make/use roof slopes and materials consistent with the building style.

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #8(a). How will the setback of the new house respect the setback pattern of the neighboring houses?

Incorporate side setbacks for new construction and second-story additions that are consistent with the neighborhood patterns

Maintain the existing pattern on the lot

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

Guideline #8(b). What method will be used to balance the scale of the new two-story house or second-story addition with its site?

Incorporate side setbacks for new construction and second-story additions that are consistent with the neighborhood patterns

Maintain the existing pattern on the lot

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

 

Guideline #9. What method is used to integrate the entry features into the overall building design that relate to the surrounding properties in terms of scale and proportion?

Pedestrian scaled features

Entry courtyards or recessed entries

Other (please explain)

 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

 

 

STREETSCAPE

Guideline #10. Where is the garage and driveway located to mitigate their visual impact on the street and what method is used to make it subordinate to the house, landscape, and pedestrian entrances?

The new garage follows the setback and location of neighboring houses

The garage door are compatible with the architectural style of the house and/or contribute to the aesthetic character

Three-car garage turned sideways to the street, configured as two tandem spaces and one single space, or split and offset as two distinct garages (a two-car garage and a one-car garage)

Other (please explain)

 
 

Guideline does not apply (please explain)

Integration with other code provisions. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as waiving, modifying, eliminating or mitigating the requirements of any other provision of this code. The requirements herein are intended to be supplementary and additional thereto, and in case of any conflict therewith, the most restrictive shall apply. (Ord. 3416 1 (part), 1983)