Residential Design Guidelines

The City of Albany adopted Residential Design Guidelines in 2009 which provides specific design criteria for residential additions and new single-family residential construction. The Guidelines provide design parameters and objectives for Design Review applications. This provides applicants with a reasonable understanding of what the community considers to be appropriate design and gives Planning Department staff and Planning Commissioners a basis for consistent decision making. Applicants may propose alternative design schemes, but compliance with the Guidelines improves the likelihood of a favorable outcome in the Design Review process.

The Guidelines are intended to promote quality design that considers and resolves issues of massing, materials, proportion and details of the project site and reflects the patterns of site development in the surrounding neighborhood. The guidelines are not intended to restrict architectural creativity or to stifle creative design solutions.