Hayward Residential Design Study

A row of similarly designed houses

The Hayward Residential Design Study is an update to Hayward's residential design regulations to streamline and support the development of quality housing. The purpose of the study is to make residential design requirements more predictable and easier to understand. This project will also address concerns previously expressed by the City Council, Planning Commission, and the community regarding a desire for more detailed standards related to architectural design and neighborhood context.

Get Involved:

  1. Complete our Community Survey: The survey responses will help guide the Hayward Residential Design Study by identifying what is important to the Hayward community and what they would like to see changed in the design of Hayward’s residential areas. Take it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HaywardResidentialDesignStudy 
  2. Submit a Comment: Hayward community members can identify specific residential features they like or dislike within their neighborhoods using this interactive online map.  
  3. Attend a Walkshop: There will be 5 neighborhood walking tours throughout the city. These tours are an opportunity for the Hayward community to meet with city staff and the consultants conducting this study. At these tours, individuals can identify the things that are important to them in their neighborhoods and the things they would like to see changed. This walking tour will be approximately one mile in length over the course of an hour - with time available afterwards for questions and discussion with project leaders. Register here: https://dks.mysocialpinpoint.com/hayward#/sidebar/tab/walkshop_info

Frequently Asked Questions:

Questions or Comments? Contact:

Elizabeth Blanton, Senior Planner | (510) 583-4206 | Email

Taylor Richard, Assistant Planner | (510) 583-5340 | Email


Feb. 02, 2022 - City Council

Joint Work Session: Residential Objective Standards Project RECOMMENDATION

Jan. 25, 2022 - City Council

Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Negotiate and Execute an Agreement with Mintier Harnish in an Amount Not to Exceed $235,000 for the Development and Adoption of Objective Standards for Residential Development and Zoning Consistency Updates for the City of Hayward and Related Environmental Analysis RECOMMENDATION

This project is part of the Strategic Roadmap and falls into the strategic priority of  Preserve, Protect and Produce Housing for All Specifically, this item relates to the implementation of the following project (s): Project 4, Part 4d: Implement housing incentives and production work plan in accordance to state housing limits; Develop an Overlay Zoning District to allow RS zoned properties (single family residential) to develop into a variety of housing types at densities permitted under the applicable General Plan designation.