Master Plans

Use master plans to rezone an entire area and allow design and use flexibility that meets community planning goals. Planning at a master plan level allows agencies to include community amenities and affordable housing in contrast to the limited context of single-site developments.


Pursue funding opportunities (such as federal or regional grants) to develop specific plans that can promote development patterns consistent with the City’s and community’s visions and provide by-right entitlements

  • Allow phasing of development, and allow standards that differ from current zoning, if appropriate.
  • Approval of master plans can be made contingent on infill development uses not generally enumerated in traditional zones, such as parks, neighborhood-serving retail, and community gardens
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
An illustration of a community with a mixed-use buildings and parks.
Lawrence Station Area Plan, Santa Clara, CA (Source: City of Santa Clara)