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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 go to 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:
The following are permitted uses for fences:
A fence or a wall used as a fence four (4) feet or less in height in front yards and six (6) feet or less in height in side and rear yards may occupy any required yard or other open space.
Fences, walls and hedges located in a required rear or side yard may exceed six feet, but not exceed eight feet, 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.
Any tree growing within the town limits on any property cannot be removed without a permit unless such work is specifically exempted from tree permit requirements by Chapter 15.50 of the Corte Madera Municipal Code.
15.50.050 - Exemptions to permit requirements.
Other reasons for removal may also include the following:
15.50.060 - Factors for decision on permit.
The Building and Planning Department front counter will answer any questions regarding your Accessory Dwelling Unit and Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit. The following checklists should be used for acquiring an ADU and a Junior ADU permit.
General ADU requirements are the following: (***Please contact the Planning Department at 415-927-5064 regarding the information below. Some changes are currently being considered.)
8. Permanent Foundation. A permanent foundation shall be required for all accessory dwelling units.
9. Size of Unit. The floor area of accessory dwelling units shall not be larger than twelve hundred gross square feet.
10. Elevation. If the elevation of the existing main house on the site is below the Town's base flood elevation then the floor level of the accessory dwelling unit shall be at least as high as the elevation of the existing main house.
11. Street Address Required. Street addresses shall be assigned to all accessory dwelling units to assist in emergency response.
12. The accessory dwelling unit is not intended for sale separate from the primary residence and may be rented.
13. No setback shall be required for an existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit, and a setback of no more than five feet from the side and rear lot lines shall be required for an accessory dwelling unit that is constructed above a garage.
14. The accessory dwelling unit shall not be rented for less than 30 days.
15. The increased floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area, with a maximum increase in floor area of 1,200 square feet.
If the unit is within the Christmas Tree Hill zoning district special restrictions apply:
The total number of accessory dwelling units in the Christmas Tree Hill overlay district shall not exceed the total number permitted by Sections 18.18.405(K) and 18.18.410 of this title. This provision shall not apply to accessory dwelling units contained within the existing space of a single-family residence or accessory structure.
One easy way to check is to search your address or parcel number on Marin Map (https://www.marinmap.org/Html5Viewer/Index.html?viewer=smmdataviewer) and look under zoning district on the left hand side toolbar.
The Planning Application Review Process can be understood by using the following flowchart: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/DocumentCenter/View/3457/Planning-Review-Flowchart-DB?bidId=
The planning application review process starts with the Building and Planning Front Counter. Planning and Building staff will review your application and inform you about what is needed.
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.
There are a few signs that are exempt from the design review process. These signs include the following: