City of San Mateo workshops this weekend on housing for general plan

This weekend the City of San Mateo is holding two workshops to get input from residents on what the zoning in the city should look like in 2020 and beyond.

Currently the maximum density in San Mateo is 50 units per acre (lower than Belmont’s downtown) and the maximum building height is 55 feet.

New housing, including near Caltrain stations, requires a higher number of new parking spaces than data shows is needed; the amount of space required to house cars leaves less space to house people.

These factors contribute to make it difficult to build new housing in San Mateo. The city has grown three times as slowly as California as a whole since 1990. San Mateo now has the ninth highest median rents of any city in the entire United States.

San Mateo has more people per square mile than Baltimore and Oakland, and more people overall than Green Bay, Wisconsin, home to an NFL team. It already has more than 30 buildings that are taller than 55 feet.

What is your vision for San Mateo, and can you share that vision with the Council and city staff this weekend?

WHAT: General Plan Update Community Workshop: Vision
WHEN: November 3, 2018
WHERE: (attend ONE)
  • Central Park Recreation Center (50 E. 5th Avenue)
  • Hillsdale High School Cafeteria (3115 Del Monte Street)
  • Central Park Recreation Center Workshop – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (sign-up begins at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Hillsdale High School Cafeteria Workshop – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (sign-up begins at 2:00 p.m.)

If you can’t make it, please send a short email to to contribute your feedback! Three sentences – who you are, what you’re concerned about, and what you want.