Location: Temple City, CA

Objective Design Standards

The City of Temple City, CA is seeking a consultant to assist with the creation of objective design standards for multi-family developments. The full RFP can be found here:

Scope of Services

The City has been awarded a $160,000 SB2 Planning Grant by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the preparation of objective design standards for R-2 and R-3 zoned properties. The purpose of these standards is to expedite the approval process for such projects and thus contribute to the achievement of the City RHNA allotment.

The objective design standards will include sample site plans, elevations, and floor plans for multi-family projects in the R-2 and R-3 zones. The standards would also include a variety of pre-approved palettes of materials and colors to assist in creating individuality. The City is considering the possibility of making the original “sample plans” available to certain types of projects the City would like to incentivize, such as projects that include affordable housing.

The scope of services will also include facilitating a set of meetings with community members, the Planning Commission, and multi-family builders and designers who frequently build projects in the area. The meetings will be focused on getting feedback on and support for the “sample plans.” The “sample plans” would then be translated to “objective design standards.”

The ideal consultant will have experience preparing objective design standards and/or experience designing conceptual plans for multi-family projects. Knowledge and experience preparing zoning codes is also valuable.

The consultant will prepare the sample plans, objective design standards, as well as materials for public outreach, and staff reports for public hearings. The consultant will also participate in any program reviews or audits.


The deadline to submit a proposal is September 28, 2020, 4pm PST. If you have questions, you can direct them to Andrew Coyne, Management Analyst at