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Bayhill Specific Plan

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On September 28, 2021, The City Council held a public hearing, waived the first reading and introduced the following ordinances:

  • An ordinance adding Chapter 12.290, Bayhill Specific Plan Districts, to the City of San Bruno Municipal Code establishing regulations for parcels within the Bayhill Specific Plan.
  • An ordinance amending the City of San Bruno Zoning Map for the Bayhill Specific Plan Area.
  • An ordinance approving a Development Agreement between the City of San Bruno and Google LLC, a California Limited Liability Company for the Google Project located in the Bayhill Office Park.

The City Council will consider waving the second reading and adopting the ordinances referenced above at the October 12, 2021 City Council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. The October 12, 2021 City Council Zoom Meeting details are as follows:

Webinar or Meeting ID: 836 3171 0999 
Zoom Phone Line:  1-646-558-8656 (same webinar ID and password as above)

Explore the Bayhill Specific Plan’s Virtual Education Room at

Questions? Contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 




The Bayhill Specific Plan will outline a cohesive, long-term, community-driven vision for this key district, that is home to the largest cluster of offices in San Bruno, including headquarters of YouTube, as well as several other uses. Preparation of the Specific Plan will ensure that YouTube’s campus expansion needs are integrated into an attractive setting that benefits Bayhill’s other property owners, as well as the broader San Bruno community.

Project Description: The Specific Plan will be a regulatory long-range planning document that will outline a cohesive, long-term plan for the Project Site, which is home to the largest cluster of offices in San Bruno, including, the Police Credit Union, the headquarters of YouTube, and other commercial uses. The Specific Plan will facilitate integrated development within the Project Site, including the Phase I Development. The City anticipates that adoption of the Specific Plan will result in further intensification of land uses beyond what currently exists today. At this time, it is anticipated that the Specific Plan would consider allowing for the following land uses: commercial/retail, office, residential, hotel, civic (such as a library and/or community center), and open space. Actual development intensities/densities and permitted uses will be defined through the planning and environmental review process. New internal vehicular streets and/or pedestrian and bicycle paths, as well as improvements to streetscapes, may be included in the Specific Plan.

The Specific Plan will include the following components:

  • land use designations;
  • development intensities/densities;
  • design standards and guidelines;
  • zoning and development regulations (i.e., use regulations, development standards, streetscape and signage, transportation demand management and parking, and a community benefits program);
  • circulation and access improvements (i.e., streets, sidewalks, and trails);
  • other improvements to public infrastructure (i.e., utilities); and
  • an implementation plan and financing strategy. 

Project Location: The Project Site is located in the City of San Bruno within an approximately 92.2-acre area and is generally bounded by Interstate 280 to the west and Interstate 380 to the north, El Camino Real to the east (but exclusive of the properties fronting El Camino Real), and San Bruno Avenue West to the south from Interstate 280 to Elm Avenue. Existing development on the Project Site includes the Bayhill Office Park, which contains a total of about 1.6 million square feet of office space, the Bayhill Shopping Center, which consists of five buildings with a combined gross floor area of approximately 121,000 square feet, and an approximately 80,000-square foot hotel.

The Bayhill Specific Plan planning process includes the following four phases:

  1. Visioning and Background Studies. Engage the community, property owners, and other stakeholders in developing a cohesive vision and set of guiding principles. Concurrently, the planning team will research and analyze existing conditions to identify the key issues and opportunities that the Specific Plan should address.
  2. Alternatives and Preferred Plan. Based on the results of the visioning exercises and background research, the planning team prepared and analyzed a series of alternative design concepts. The City Council selected an “Environmental Impact Report Preferred Alternative” in December 2018.
  3. Draft Specific Plan and Environmental Review. The City of San Bruno (City), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Project, comprising the Bayhill Specific Plan (Specific Plan) and the YouTube Phase 1 Office Development Project (Phase 1 Development) under the Specific Plan. The EIR will analyze the Specific Plan at a program level, and Phase 1 Development, which consists of the first phase of expansion of YouTube’s offices, at a project level. The EIR Preferred Alternative will be studied in the EIR. The analysis of the ER Preferred Alternative will provide information that will help the Planning Commission and City Council decide on the Specific Plan level of development. The YouTube Phase I Development is currently being processed concurrently with the Specific Plan and will be designed to be consistent with the Specific Plan. The EIR will provide a project-level analysis of the YouTube Phase I Development so that no further CEQA clearances, assuming no changes, would be necessary to grant discretionary approvals needed for the YouTube Phase I Development once the EIR is certified.
  4. Adoption. Following the public review period, the Specific Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council for adoption at future public hearings along with Certification of the Environmental Impact Report.


The vision for the Bayhill Specific Plan was developed in close collaboration with the community. The planning process included numerous opportunities for community engagement, including the following:

  • Stakeholder Interviews. Small group meetings were held in September 2017 with a diverse set of stakeholders, such as property and business owners, community groups, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, transit riders, neighborhood representatives, and others who may be most interested in and/or affected by the project.
  • Property Owner Forums. Meetings focused on Bayhill property owners that were held in August 2017 and July 2018 to allow these critical stakeholders to provide input and stay up to date with the project.
  • Community Workshops. Events open to the entire community were held in August 2017 and July 2018 and presented issues and working design concepts, facilitated dialogue and elicited feedback at key stages in the planning process.
  • Online Survey. An online complement to the public workshops enabled people to easily and quickly provide input regarding the concept Alternatives. This was completed in July 2018 and August 2018.
  • Planning Commission and City Council Meetings. Periodic check-ins with the decision-makers to ensure that both bodies are informed about the project and had opportunities to provide periodic direction were held were held in August 2017, October 2018, December 2018, July 2019 and July 2020.


EIR and Project Documents for Public Review

Staff Reports & City Council PowerPoint Presentation

Specific Plan Background Documents