Location: Hayward, CA

Client: The City of Hayward

Scope: Form Based Codes


The South Hayward/Mission Boulevard Form-Based Code refines the City of Hayward’s zoning rules for properties generally within walking distance of the South Hayward BART Station. The new form-based code replaced multiple, often conflicting, policy and design guideline documents with a single clear, and concise implementation document. 


Lamphier-Gregory was an integral member of a multi-disciplinary planning and environmental team led by the design firm Hall-Alminana Architects. Lamphier-Gregory’s involvement was to convert the physical forms into clear code language and to prepare an EIR for adoption of the new ordinance.

Prior to code-writing, Kevin Colin, Senior Planner completed a comprehensive Synoptic Survey of the project area which was utilized to facilitate informal meetings with stakeholders. The main venue for public input was a 5-day charrette hosted at city hall. The charrette was a resounding success, galvanizing community support for form-based codes to be the city’s new implementing paradigm.

Mr. Colin composed all text within the form-based code and calibrated it to harmonize with the existing contents of the Hayward Municipal Code (zoning). The effort ensured that the new standards would be implemented as intended and that conflicts with existing provisions would be avoided. Mr. Colin also prepared supporting analyses including zoning translation tables and diagrams of up- or down-zoned locations.

The Supplemental EIR prepared by Lamphier-Gregory focused on the environmental effects of increased building intensities. No significant environmental effects were identified. 


The EIR and Form Based Code were adopted by the Hayward City Council in September 2011.

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