Advisory Groups

Development Services coordinates with a range of informal boards and committees to provide feedback and ideas on how to improve the development review process and facilitate civic engagement. 

Green Building Advisory Group (GBAG)
The Green Building Advisory Group is charged with making Palo Alto a leader in the area of Green Building programs and sustainable practices. This task force meets biweekly to provide input toward adoption of the new City of Palo Alto Green Building Ordinance. Visit the Green Building Advisory Group page for meeting agendas. For more information on how to get involved or how to learn more please contact City of Palo Alto Green Building Department.

Development Committee Advisory Group (DCAG) 
The DCAG was created as part of an effort initiated in 2009 to help streamline the development review process. The effort culminated in what was commonly referred at “The Blueprint.” Since that time, many target committees were formed to examine specific development related workflows and have resulted in improved processing. Visit the Development Committee Advisory Group page for meeting agendas. The DCAG meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Development Center. For more information about outcomes or participation please contact Evon Ballash.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Advisory Group (EVSE)
The EVSE Advisory Group was formed to respond to a City Council directive to work toward creating policies that promote Electric Vehicle ownership and infrastructure in the City of Palo Alto. Together with stakeholders on the public, private, non-profit and residential side we intent to create polices that explore how EVSE may be installed in new and existing buildings as well as possibly on the public right of way.  This task force meets biweekly to provide input toward adoption of the new City of Palo Alto EVSE Ordinance. Visit the EVSE Advisory Group page for meeting agendas. For more information on how to get involved or how to learn more please contact Evon Ballash.

Electrification Task Force (ETF)
The multi-disciplinary ETF was created to provide guidance for a City Council directive to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study on city-wide electrification. The study will explore residential and commercial building code changes for new construction and remodeling projects to expedite electrification in Palo Alto. The scope relates to utility-scale, building-scale, and transportation-related methodologies associated with fuel-switching from gas to electricity. Visit the ETF page for supporting documents.  For more information about outcomes or participation please contact Evon Ballash

Seismic Risk Management Advisory Group (SRMAG) 
The City of Palo Alto contracted with the firm Rutherford + Chekene to review and make recommendations on the City's current Seismic Hazards Identification program and inventory of potentially seismically vulnerable buildings. In working with Rutherford + Chekene, the City of Palo Alto launched a new advisory group (SRMAG) to involve the community in better understanding earthquake risks in Palo Alto's existing building stock. The objective of the Advisory Group will be to review and discuss implications of the project's technical findings and provide input about community concerns, priorities, and preferences. The ultimate goal is to take the developed recommendations to Council for prioritization and direction to implement future policy. Visit the SRMAG page for more information. Please contact George Hoyt, Chief Building Official if you have any questions. 

Zero Net Energy-Existing Buildings (ZNE-EB
The Zero Net Energy Roadmap for Existing Buildings - Special Study Group (ZNE-EB) will explore the existing building stock within the City of Palo Alto and provide policy pathways for the execution of the ZNE Roadmap. The scope of the study will identify where Palo Alto is today and what is needed for all buildings to achieve their full zero net energy (ZNE) potential through energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation. The findings of the study will be presented to the Green Building Advisory Group (GBAG) during the annual GBAG Retreat in the winter of 2017. Visit the ZNE-EB page for meeting agendas and supporting documents. For more information on how to get involved or how to learn more please contact Green Building.


Photovoltaic Action Committee (PVAC)

The photovoltaic action committee was initiated to streamline the small residential pv permitting process. The effort was a culmination with staff, city council, PV installers, and other stake holders coming together for over 4 months committed to improving what was once called a cumbersome process. The effort resulted in an improved program recognized by third party rating systems and hallmarked as an example of a program that follows best management practices in expediting small residential PV permitting. For more information about PV in Palo Alto visit the Solar In Palo Alto page.