R3 Multifamily Residential Zoning District Update

A City Council Goal for Fiscal Year 2020-21 was to improve the quantity, diversity, and affordability of housing by providing opportunities for subsidized middle-income and ownership housing. To help implement this goal, the City is updating the R3 (Multifamily Residential) zoning district development standards to consider incorporating form-based zoning standards, incentivizing stacked-flat development, and updating the City's Rowhouse Guidelines. 

Here is a map of all R3 zoned properties citywide. 

Project status

Next steps on the project include revising preliminary concepts to reflect community input received to date and hosting six neighborhood meeting workshops in 2022. These workshops will allow residents the opportunity to provide further input on potential R3 zoning changes. Dates and times have not been scheduled.

Upcoming Public Meetings

The following public meetings are tentatively scheduled:

  • None.

To receive e-notifications of upcoming meetings, workshops, and available materials on this project, please create an account (or login to an existing account) at MyMV. Click on My MV Home and under My Notifications, select - General - R3 Zoning Code Update.

Prior Public Meetings

The following public meetings on the project have occurred:

  • April 13, 2021 - City Council Study Session (see Item 3.1 Staff Report and Materials).
  • March 17, 2021 - Environmental Planning Commission Study Session (see Item 5.1 Staff Report and Materials). 
  • November 16, 2020 - Community Meeting #2 reviewed input from Community Meeting #1 and presented options on changes to the Draft R3 Zoning District development standards (see Presentation Video and Slides).
  • October 26, 2020 - Community Meeting #1 presented ideas and gathered input on potential changes to the R3 Zoning District development standards (see Presentation Video and Slides).
  • October 13, 2020 - City Council Study Session to discuss initial findings regarding multifamily residential development in the R3 zoning district (see Staff Report and Materials). 
  • November 12, 2019 - City Council authorized the scope of work for the project (see Staff Report and Materials).

Additional materials

The following are additional materials for the R3 zoning update available for reference:

Environmental Review

As Lead Agency, the City of Mountain View will conduct environmental review for this project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Materials will be posted on this website when available. 


For more information or questions, please contact Eric Anderson, Principal Planner, by phone at 650-903-6306 or email.


For multilingual assistance in Spanish, Russian, and Chinese, please contact the City's Multilingual Community Outreach Program at 650-903-6145.


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