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The Planning Department currently provides a map to illustrate approved Planning Entitlements (Design Review, Variance, etc.) within the Town of Corte Madera from 2015 to present. To view the map, visit https://www.townofcortemadera.org/657/Approved-Projects and click on the interactive map. Once you are on the map, you can click on any icon for information about the application. If you have any questions about this map, please contact our Administrative Analyst, Tracy Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning and Building Staff will determine if the project is considered a major or minor design review based on the following:
Fences in side and rear setbacks:
Fences, walls and hedges not exceeding (6) six feet in height may be located in a required side or rear yard, with the exception that heights exceeding (6) six feet, but not exceeding (8) eight feet, may be allowed if written approval from all owners of property contiguous with the property line nearest the fence, wall, or hedge is submitted to the planning director or if design review approval is granted pursuant to Chapter 18.30, Design Review of this title, except that, within 50 feet of a street intersection, no such structure or hedge shall exceed (4) four feet in height.
Fences in the front yard setback:
Fences, walls and hedges not exceeding (4) four feet in height may be located in a required front yard. Fences greater than (4) four feet in height but not greater than (6) six feet in height may be located in a required front yard if design review approval is granted pursuant to Chapter 18.30, Design Review, and if the applicant can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the town engineer, that the proposed fence is not within the public right-of-way; is not within fifty feet of a street intersection; and will not adversely affect sight distance from any public or private road or from any driveway. The planning commission has adopted by Resolution No. 95-03 design guidelines for fences and walls.
Entry Gates in the Required Front Yard Setback. Entry gates, such arches, arbors, trellises or similar structures may be located in the required front yard setback and may not exceed the following dimensions: 8 feet 6 inches in width, 8 feet in height, and 4 feet in depth.
Fences in the public right of way:
CMMC 12.04.050(7) - Prohibited encroachments: Construction, maintenance or repair of any fence in excess of (3.5) three and one-half feet in height within a public right-of-way
How to measure the height of a fence
CMMC 18.24.060 - As an exception to the normal procedure for measuring height, the height of a fence or wall shall be measured vertically from the natural or finished grade, whichever is higher, at the base of the fence or wall to the top of the fence or wall above that grade. (See Figure 18 and the definitions of "height" and "grade" in Chapter 18.04, Definitions, of this title).
Any person desiring to remove, destroy or alter one or more trees on his or her property in the town, except those trees exempted from permit requirements (below), shall apply for tree permit to do so.
15.50.050 - Exemptions to permit requirements.
Members of the public can check address or parcel number on Marin Map. Search by address, and review zoning district and other property information in the search results. Users can toggle other layers on and off for additional parcel information.
The Planning Department is responsible for land use planning, implementation and maintenance of the Zoning Ordinance and General Plan, and facilitating the land use application review process, including staffing for the Planning Commission. Planning staff is available to advise members of the public and the development community regarding zoning codes, application requirements, and land use processes. Below are flowcharts that provide an overview of the Planning and Building Department processes:
Design review and a permit are required by the Town per CMMC 18.22.020. The code states the following:
(a) No sign shall be approved for a shopping center, for any site with more than one building, or for any building with more than one tenant until a master sign program has received design review approval as described in Chapter 18.30, Design Review. A master sign program, and sign guidelines in any applicable specific plan, shall comply with all other provisions of this chapter. At the discretion of the planning commission, a master sign program may specify some or all of the following: size, material, location, design, color, lighting and construction of each sign.
(b) All signs, except those listed in Section 18.22.030, require sign permit design review approval as prescribed in Chapter 18.30, Design Review, except that, if the zoning administrator finds that the application is for a sign which conforms to an approved master sign program, approval may be given without notice or hearing; but if the application is for a freestanding sign, authorization shall be given as described in Section 18.22.060.
(c) For every site on which a master sign program has been adopted, the provisions contained in the master sign program shall take precedence over the signage requirements of the applicable zoning district, unless the zoning district’s signage requirements are more stringent, or govern requirements not contained in the master sign program.
Design Review approval is not required for the following signs: