June 16, 2020 6:00 P.M.
On March 16, 2020, the Marin County Public Health Officer issued a legal shelter in place order.  On March 31, 2020 the Marin County Public Health Officer issued an updated legal order directing all residents to shelter at their place of residence through May 3, 2020, except to perform Essential Activities.  The March 31, 2020 Order prohibits the gathering of any number of people occurring outside a household unit, except for the limited purpose of participating in an Essential Activity. Additional information is available at
This meeting is necessary so that the City of Belvedere can continue its business and is considered an Essential Activity.  Consistent with Executive Orders No. 25-20 and No. 29-20 from the Executive Department of the State of California, the meeting will not be physically open to the public.  Members of the Planning Commission and staff will participate in this meeting remotely as permitted under said Executive Orders.  
As always, the public may submit comments in advance of the meeting by emailing the Director of Planning and Building at:  Please write “Public Comment” in the subject line.  Comments submitted one hour prior to the commencement of the meeting will be presented to the Planning Commission and included in the public record for the meeting.  Those received after this time will be added to the record and shared with Planning Commissioners after the meeting.  
The meeting will be available to the public through Zoom video conference.  Those who do not have access to Zoom may access the meeting by calling the number below. 

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The City encourages that comments be submitted in advance of the meeting.  However, for members of the public using the Zoom video conference function, those who wish to comment on an agenda item should write “I wish to make a public comment” in the chat section of the remote meeting platform.  At the appropriate time, the Clerk will allow oral public comment through the remote meeting platform.  
Any member of the public who needs special accommodations to access the public meeting should email the Director of Planning and Building, who will use her best efforts to provide assistance.

The Planning Commission will follow the following procedure for all items listed as public hearing items:
  1. The Chairman will ask for presentation of the staff report;
  2. The Commission will have the opportunity to question staff in order to clarify any specific points;
  3. The applicant and the project representative will be allowed to make a presentation, not to exceed 10 minutes for large projects, or 5 minutes for small projects, total for the applicant’s design team;
  4. The public hearing will be opened;
  5. Members of the audience in favor of the proposal will be allowed to speak, for a maximum of 3 minutes per speaker;
  6. Members of the audience against the proposal will be allowed to speak, for a maximum of 3 minutes per speaker;
  7. The applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to comments made by the audience, for a maximum of 5 minutes total for the applicant’s design team;
  8. The public hearing will be closed; and
  9. Discussion of the proposal will return to the Commission with formal action taken to approve, conditionally approve, deny, or continue review of the application.





This is an opportunity for any citizen to briefly address the Planning Commission on any matter that does not appear on this agenda.  Upon being recognized by the Chair, please state your name, address, and limit your oral statement to no more than three minutes.  Matters that appear to warrant a more lengthy presentation or Commission consideration will be agendized for further discussion at a later meeting.



The Reports agenda item consists of any oral reports from standing Planning Commission committees (if any), an individual member of the Planning Commission, and staff.



1. Planning Commission presentation and discussion regarding Objective Design and Development Standards.  The City of Belvedere applied with the County of Marin and other local Marin jurisdictions for a SB 2 (Atkins) Building Jobs and Homes Act planning grant to facilitate Housing Element programs.  The County and other local jurisdictions are working together to ensure that design guidelines for multifamily housing developments maintain a high quality and will be context sensitive.  An effort is underway to prepare Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) that will result in a toolkit of standards that, when adopted, will provide a clear review and approval process.  This will also ensure that design and aesthetic of developments address topics such as architectural style while accommodating current and future legislation requirements. Dave Javid from Plan to Place will be presenting.    



The Consent Calendar consists of items that the Planning Commission considers to be non-controversial.  Unless any item is specifically removed by any member of the Planning Commission, staff, or audience, the Consent Calendar will be adopted by one motion.  Items removed will be considered in the sequence as they appear below.  If any member of the audience wishes to have an item removed, please step to the microphone, state your name, and indicate the item.
2. Draft Minutes of the May 19, 2020 regular meeting of the Planning Commission.

3. Extension of time for Design Review, Exception to Total Floor Area and Variance approval for a new single-family residence and attached garage located at 218 Bayview Avenue.  Property Owner: GCLD LLC; Applicant: Leyla Hilmi.  Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopts the resolutions of approval granting an extension for design review.



4. Planning Commission consideration of Design Review to paint the home at 5 Golden Gate Avenue.  The home is currently under construction and the homeowners would like the hardie plank to be painted Artic White. Applicant and Property Owners: Amy DeVincentis and James Mersfelder.   Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopts the required design review resolution for approval.
5. Planning Commission consideration of an application for Design Review for an addition/remodel of the existing home for the property located at 18 Eucalyptus Road.  The proposal includes the remodeling of the existing two bedroom and two bath home to become three bedrooms with four baths.  The proposal includes removing one of the existing bedrooms on the upper level and replacing it with a larger master bedroom closet and new stairs to the lower floor of the residence.  The lower floor existing recreation room is proposed to be remodeled and an addition of 221SF is proposed to be added to construct two new bedrooms and bathrooms.  Additionally, landscaping modifications  are proposed for the addition of 21 new trees (oaks).  These trees have already been planted at the front of the property.  A Revocable License is also required for improvements in the right-of-way.  Applicant/Property Owner: Stephen and Pamela Pasquan. Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopts the required resolutions of approval. Recused Chair Mark, Commissioners Slaymaker and Hart.

APPEALS: The Belvedere Municipal Code provides that the applicant or any interested person may appeal the action of the Planning Commission on any application. The appeal must be in writing and submitted with a fee of $523.00 not later than ten (10) calendar days following the date of the Planning Commission action. Appeals received by City staff via mail after the tenth day will not be accepted. For purposes of filing an appeal, if the final day to appeal falls on a City Hall observed holiday or a day when City hall is closed, the final day to appeal shall be extended to the next day City Hall is open for public business. Please note that if you challenge in court any of the matters described above, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described above, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the above- referenced public hearing [Government Code Section 65009(b)(2)].

Staff reports and other writings distributed to the Planning Commission are available for public inspection at the following locations:
  • Online at
  • Belvedere City Hall, 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere  (Writings distributed to the Planning Commission after the posting date of this agenda are available for public inspection at this location only.)
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon.
  • To request automatic mailing of agenda materials, please contact the City Clerk at (415) 435-8913.

The following accommodations will be provided, upon request, to persons with a disability:  agendas and/or agenda packet materials in alternate formats and special assistance needed to attend or participate in this meeting. Please make your request at the Office of the Planning Department or by calling (415) 435-3838.  Whenever possible, please make your request four working days in advance of the meeting.

Items will not necessarily be heard in the above order, nor, because of possible changes or extenuating conditions, be heard.  For additional information, please contact City Hall,
450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920  (415) 435-3838
Items will not necessarily be heard in the above order, nor, because of possible changes or extenuating conditions, be heard.  For additional information, please contact City Hall, 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920. (415) 435-3838                             
Date Posted: June 9, 2020