Hayward Residential Design Study

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Questions or Comments? Contact:

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

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


  • September 12, 2023 City Council - Work Session Draft Regulations 
  • August 24, 2023 Planning Comission - Work Session Draft Regulations 
  • April 18, 2023 - City Council -Work Session Options and Recommendations Report
  • April 13, 2023 Planning Commission - Work Session Options and Recommendations Report
  • Jan. 24, 2023 - City Council -Work Session Parking Analysis 
  • Feb. 9, 2023 - Planning Commission -Work Session Parking Analysis
  • Feb. 02, 2022 - City Council- Joint Work Session: Residential Objective Standards Project 
  • 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

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.