Design Review & Historic Preservation

Ensure the design and development of buildings and structures comply with adopted design guidelines and ordinances; and assist the community in preserving and protecting the City’s natural beauty, character, heritage, and established architectural traditions.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

Provide staffing support to City Council, Planning Commission, Architectural Board of Review (ABR), Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC), Single Family Design Board (SFDB) and Sign Committee).


Review, analyze, and approve or make recommendations on design review proposals pertaining to development applications by private and public property owners.


Prepare and review Architectural Board of Review, Historic Landmarks Commission, Single Family Design Board and Sign Committee agendas, minutes, and noticing.


Update and prepare guidelines and ordinance amendments, and conduct special studies to maintain quality design standards.


Administer the City’s Historic Preservation Work Program involving the identification and protection of historic resources.


Review and analyze alterations to historic resources, completion of surveys, and historic resource designations.


Provide public information and permit services at the public counter.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023

Map strategic areas with intent to survey unidentified historic resources, to streamline project review.


Request determination from owners with properties on the Historic Resources Inventory whether they would like to pursue Structure of Merit status at a specific HLC hearing date.


Develop a reduced list of Single Family Design Board review triggers, to be considered for a future Municipal Code amendment.


Revise the design review boards/commission agenda template to provide only the most critical information, in a clear and consistent format.


Conduct one procedural training for each design review Board/Commission (e.g. Code of Conduct, Brown Act, findings, motion-making, etc.); training could be during a regular hearing or through a video platform on Board/Commissioner’s own time.


Conduct one new law or City requirement training for each design review Board/Commission (e.g. solar panels, Electric Vehicle charging, SB9, water-wise plantings, etc.); training could be during a regular hearing or through a video platform on Board/Commissioner’s own time.

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023

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