Burlingame Downtown Specific Plan  

Policy Planning

We work with communities to create a vision for the future.

The planners at M-Group have real world experience crafting and implementing General Plans, Zoning Codes, Design Guidelines, Area Plans and Precise Plans that help communities achieve their goals.

General Plan Updates are a major opportunity for a City and its community to shape policy direction in a way that is visionary and implementable. Our approach is one of listening, educating, and translating the hopes and dreams of the community into cohesive policy direction.

In the 2009-2014 Housing Element cycle, M-Group prepared or managed Housing Element updates for 12 cities in the Bay Area, including the Cities of Sausalito, Sonoma, Belvedere, Santa Clara and Burlingame. This planning effort encompassed more than 15,000 housing units. We have built a strong working relationship with HCD and are familiar with its rules and procedures. We communicate with HCD reviewers from the beginning of a project to achieve awareness of issues unique to each city. We are familiar with latest State Laws, fully understand the Streamlined Update Process and can help cities prepare their Housing Element updates using this format to benefit from the savings in money and time that it offers. We use the best practices learned from past projects, and customize our approach to the City’s desired direction and the community’s unique character.

M-Group emphasizes local knowledge and technical expertise in undertaking successful comprehensive zoning ordinance updates. A zoning ordinance must reflect community vision- the unique goals, values and special conditions of each City and implement the General Plan. 

We strive to be forward thinking, utilize what works, and create sustainable cities. At the end of the process we create a living document that citizens can identify with and understand, and which proves useful in the day-to-day operations of the City.

We work with staff, decision makers, and the community to engage in a collaborative planning effort throughout the policy planning process.

Read our M-Lab article on HCD Streamlined Update Process.