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Tiburon starts to brainstorm design standards for housing

Ensuring buildings don’t look like warehouses, prioritizing paseos branching off Tiburon Boulevard and de-emphasizing parking spaces for new housing complexes are among the criteria the Tiburon Design Review Board wants the town to include in a set of customized design and development standards it is creating to help streamline future high-density and multifamily housing projects.

The board discussed the standards at its June 2 meeting, the first of three meetings it plans to hold on the Objective Design and Development Standards.

The standards, which are also being rolled out in communities across California, are meant to provide a clear review and approval process that would eliminate discretionary reviews of multifamily and mixed-use projects in the future. They also allow communities to add standards about preferred architectural form, style, color and other design elements that would make a housing project more palatable in their area.

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