Residential Design Requirements Update

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*** On January 24th, 2019 City Council adopted the revised Residential Design Requirements, these standards seek to provide variety in housing styles: address new housing types. The full text of Ordinance 1936 Residential Design Requirements illustrates the details!


The City of Vacaville rewrote and re-imagined the 1996 Single Family Residential Design Requirements! 

City staff and consultants, the Dahlin Group, have completed a revision to the outdated standards which was adopted to the code on January 24th as Ordinance 1936.  This ordinance attempts to incorporate the comments and suggestions received from the Planning Commission, members of the public, and residential design and development professionals.  Among the most important purposes of these revised standards are the community’s desire to modernize design requirements to meet current design preferences, to improve the design review process, and to clarify the language used in the code. 


Housing styles and tastes can change over a 20 year period.  Do you like the same housing type now that you did then?  Are you at the same stage of your life that you were then? Young family? Empty nester? Sassy Senior?  

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 Brief Description

The Residential Design Requirements contain standards for housing types and styles, architectural features,       parking requirements, landscaping, and many other design features that are part of a residential project.

The 2017 update will include all types of housing, from single family to town houses to duets to multi-family      apartments.

We held a public outreach meeting on July 12, 2017 to let people know about the design standards update. The meeting also included a visual preference survey. The participants  and their survey results were from a varied   group of seniors, engineers, developers, and neighborhood advocates.


City staff also held two focus group meetings on July 18, 2017. One was for developers the other for designers.   Flexibility was number one on the developer’s group wish list. Designers wanted consistency and clear regulations.

Visual Preference Survey

The survey asks you to let us know what your preferences are for garages, porches, and other specific items. We want to know what you think. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

It is not too late to participate! There is a link to the survey here.  Please tell us your first choice for each item, and why you chose it.

Contact Info

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the following: 

Fred Buderi, City Planner (707) 449-5307;

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