City Updates

Part of BOIA's mission is to advocate on your behalf with the City of San Mateo.  This can happen on individual issues (e.g. street reconstruction, traffic) or on broader topics (e.g. General Plan 2040).


We will be sharing the latest information with you on City issues of importance to Baywood as a community.  An educated community is a community that can make its voice heard and contribute to making San Mateo the vibrant community of shared opportunities we all want it to be.


Please read the information we share, sign up for all the meetings, share your perspective and give us feedback on what else you think we should be doing.


Thank you!


San Mateo General Plan

San Mateo is updating its General Plan, which is the plan that expresses the community’s vision for how the City will look, feel, and change over the next 20 years. 

It is critical that Baywood neighbors' perspectives and priorities are included as part of the City's General Plan.  That is why we are sharing this information with you and encouraging you to sign up for meetings and share your opinions on the top issues facing our City and how you believe they should be addressed.

So far, as part of the General Plan process, the community has expressed that San Mateo should be: “a vibrant, livable, diverse, and healthy community that respects the quality of its neighborhoods, fosters a flourishing economy, is committed to equity, and is a leader in environmental sustainability.”

To achieve this vision, the General Plan will include policies that determine what can and cannot be built in the City, including new homes, new businesses, new parks, and improvements to our streets and sidewalks, and how this development will be served. The General Plan also includes actions the City will take to make the community’s vision a reality.

Every City in California has to have a General Plan to guide and plan for growth, change, and conservation over the long term, usually looking about 20 years out. State law says that General Plans must address many different topics that affect our daily lives, such as:

  • Where housing, businesses, industry, open space, schools, civic buildings, and other land uses will be located, and what density or intensity of use is allowed.

  • Where roads, truck routes, bicycle routes, walking trails, and public utilities and facilities will go, and ensures that the City’s infrastructure can serve the future development that is allowed in the General Plan.

  • Current and future housing needs for people at all income levels, and housing policies and programs to preserve affordable housing and build new affordable and market-rate housing to meet those needs.

  • How to protect our natural resources, such water, air, trees, and hillsides, and how to preserve and improve open spaces, including open space for recreation, for habitat, or for public health and safety.

  • Ways to protect residents from harmful or disruptive levels of noise, and to keep the community safe from natural and human-caused hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, and wildfires, including increased risks from climate change.

  • Improving the safety and quality of life for residents of neighborhoods to face a combination of both higher-than-average pollution exposure and social and economic challenges such as low incomes, language barriers, or housing instability.

These issues affect each of us in San Mateo every day. The homes, streets, parks, schools, and playgrounds in San Mateo today were planned by the people who lived here a generation ago. Those decisions and those plans are still affecting who lives here, who works here, who shops here, who drives here, and what kind of community San Mateo is.

Now it’s your turn to shape the decisions and the plans that will guide development for the next generation and make San Mateo a place that people will be proud to call home in 2040. YOU are one of the most important parts of the General Plan Update! Go to a neighborhood event, come to a meeting, send the City an email, get on the mailing list, and help ensure that the General Plan represents a true community-based vision for San Mateo.



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Franklin and Fairfax

A message from the City of San Mateo:

Hello Franklin/Fairfax neighbors,

You might see new door hangers on your front door tonight repeating the same information I’m posting below. We email this to you now to make you aware of a schedule change on our Smooth Streets project in your neighborhood.

The Smooth Streets construction team continues to make progress with pavement pulverization that is the initial step of the “full depth reclamation” operations but has encountered delays. The beginning of the cement mixing process will be delayed one to several days and will NOT begin on Monday, May 10 as originally communicated on project zone distributed door hangers.

The City WILL distribute 48-hour notice door hangers at the beginning of the cement mixing process.

Questions? Call us at 650-522-7300 or email: Find current project details at

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve your street.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Community Input Sought By City

The City is inviting public input on Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations. Please review the information and then send your perspective to


Recent City Council meetings have focused on updating City regulations to comply with new State legislation on the details of ADU construction in residential neighborhoods.  Baywood neighbors need to share their opinions on these regulations so that we can accommodate those who want to live in our neighborhoods while maintaining the qualities of our neighborhood.


What Is An ADU?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, also known as a granny or in-law unit, is a smaller living unit. An ADU is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides independent living facilities for one or more persons.  The ADU unit is located on the same property as the primary residence, is accessory to the primary residential building and is required to be smaller than the primary residence.  


Why Should You Care?

ADU's offer residents the opportunity to build additional housing on their property that could accommodate members of their families or friends wanting to live in San Mateo.  The height, density and parking requirements of ADU's are important issues to decide to ensure communities can grow while maintaining quality of life.


City Council is seeking community input on what kind of ADU's and Junior ADU's (JADU's) residents want  to see, and to be able to construct, in San Mateo.  


What Should You Do?

Please get the latest information at and share your opinions on ADU building and parking requirements with City staff at  We will keep you informed of new meetings and input opportunities regarding ADU's.

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