Objective Development Standards

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Union City recently completed an update to its Zoning Ordinance to incorporate new development standards in order to achieve high-quality design. The Objective Development Standards Project establishes objective design and development standards for zoning districts that allow multi-family and/or mixed-use development as a permitted or conditional use. Objective standards provide property owners and developers with greater predictability and will help streamline the development review process.   

The new standards were adopted on September 26, 2023 and go into effect October 26, 2023.

A User's Guide for the new standards is in process and will be posted to this website once completed.

Past Public Meetings

Outreach Efforts

The project team conducted a series of events and an online survey to solicit input from community members and stakeholders on the project in fall 2022. These past events are listed below and summarized in the report linked below.

Fall 2022 Outreach Summary, May 2023

Past Outreach Efforts

  • Online Survey: Available in five languages, open October 1-November 4, 2022
  • Union City Farmer's Market: October 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
  • Running Dead 5K Fun Run: October 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Civic Center/City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
  • Annual Halloween Community Carnival: October 30, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Holly Community Center, 31600 Alvarado Boulevard


Contact Us

You can contact the City’s Project Manager Coleman Frick at ColemanF@unioncity.org.



2040 General Plan

Zoning Ordinance

Old Alvarado Design Guidelines

Old Alvarado Strategy Report