- Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS)
Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS)
About Objective Design and Development Standards
The City of Belvedere is preparing Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS). This effort will result in a toolkit of standards that, when adopted, do not require interpretation and provide a clear review and approval process for multi-family and mixed-use development projects. This allows the City of Belvedere to specify the design aesthetics of development that address topics such as architectural style while accommodating current and future legislation requirements.
The Objective Design & Development Standards team is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of residents in light of Covid-19. All in person meetings have been postponed. Join us to learn about the Objective Design & Development Standards effort on-line through an informational video (below). If you have any questions or need assistance accessing the video, please use the project contacts listed at the bottom of this page.
- Objective Design and Development Standards Final Draft - May 16, 2022
- Access the information video to learn about the Objective Design & Development Standards effort
- Visit the County of Marin's Objective Design and Development Standards Webpage
- Read the Marin IJ article dated February 16, 2021
- ODDS Public Review- DRAFT November 2021
- ODDS Zoning Map- November 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Objective Standards? Housing legislation defines an "objective" standard as one that involves no personal or subjective judgment by a public official and uniformly verifiable by reference to an external and uniform benchmark or criterion available and knowable by both the development applicant and the public official prior to submittal.
“Structured parking shall not be visible from the street. The public-facing elevations of parking structures shall be lined with residential or commercial uses on all levels.”
“For each personal outdoor space provided, a minimum dimension of 5 feet is required in any one direction.”
What are Non-Objective Standards? A standard that cannot be measured or requires interpretation.
“Produce high quality design.”
“Use high quality, durable materials that age well.”
“Consistent with the character of neighborhood.”
Why does Belvedere need to adopt Objective Design & Development Standards? Increasingly State laws are aimed at reducing the extent of discretionary review for multi-family housing projects. The last several legislative sessions have included an abundance of bills aimed at increasing the supply of housing in the State. It is anticipated that future housing bills will continue this trend of increasing “by-right” housing. The City is undertaking this process to develop standards that encourage well designed multi-family housing while accommodating current and future legislation requirements.
- Senate Bill 330: Housing Crisis Act
- Senate Bill 35: Streamlined Affordable Housing
- County of Marin Survey Summary Report
Contact Irene Borba, Director of Planning and Building, at Iborba@cityofbelvedere.org with questions on the Objective Design and Development Standards project.