Architectural Review Board (ARB)

The City continuously accepts applications for Boards and Commissions. Apply for the Architectural Review Board.

ARB Purpose
The Architectural Review Board is charged with design review of all new construction, and changes and additions to commercial, industrial and multiple-family projects. The Board's goals and purposes are to:

  • Promote orderly and harmonious development of the City
  • Enhance the desirability of residence or investment in the City
  • Encourage the attainment of the most desirable use of land and improvements
  • Enhance the desirability of living conditions upon the immediate site or in adjacent areas
  • Promote visual environments which are of high aesthetic quality and variety and which, at the same time, are considerate of each other.

The Board is composed of five members, at least three of whom are architects, landscape architects, building designers or other design professionals. Terms are for three years and commence on November 1. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.21. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 329-2571.

If you wish to send e-mail to the Architectural Review Board, please use the following e-mail address: arb@cityofpaloalto.org

Regular meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 16.


Commission Members

Chair: Peter Baltay
Vice Chair: Osma Thompson
Staff Liaison: Jodie Gerhardt, AICP, Manager of Current Planning, jodie.gerhardt@cityofpaloalto.org

Peter Baltay BALTAY, Peter
Term Expires: 12/15/2021
Biography
David Hirsch HIRSCH, David
Term Expires: 12/15/2021
Biography
LEE, Grace
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Biography
Alexander Lew LEW, Alexander
Term Expires: 12/15/2021
Biography
THOMPSON, Osma
Term Expires: 12/15/2020
Biography


Architectural Review Board Procedural Rules


Architectural Review Board By-laws

2020 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
January 30, 2020 Retreat Agenda    
January 16, 2020  Agenda and Full Packet  
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2019 Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
December 19, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
December 5, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
November 21, 2019 Cancellation    
November 7, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
October 17, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
October 3, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
September 19, 2019 Cancellation     
September 5, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
 August 15, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
 August 1, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes Video 
 July 18, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
 June 20, 2019  Agenda and Full Packet Minutes  Video 
 June 6, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
 May 16, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video 
 May 2, 2019  Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes  Video
 April 18, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes  Video 
 April 4, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes Video
 March 21, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes Video
 March 7, 2019  Agenda and Full Packet Minutes  Video 
 February 21, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes  Video
 February 7, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes Video 
 January 17, 2019 Agenda and Full Packet Minutes  Video 
 January 10, 2019    Agenda and Full Packet  Minutes Video  

Past Agendas and Minutes

Architectural Review Board (ARB) Application Review Process
An overview of the Architectural Review process, with links to application forms, checklists, and other submittal materials.
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