Planning Commission Meeting: April 5, 2006
TO: The Honorable Planning Commission
FROM: City Planning Staff
SUBJECT: Conceptual Review of Recently Approved Multi-Family Projects and Discussion Regarding Possible Code Refinements as Part of the Land Use and Circulation Element and Zoning Ordinance Revision Effort
The Planning Commission requested information on projects that had been approved pursuant to recently adopted multi-family development standards. The intent of this review is to ensure projects are being approved in a manner that is consistent with regulatory goals to encourage the development of compatibly designed buildings that respect the existing neighborhood character and that include pedestrian-oriented amenities.
A slide presentation at the policy meeting will illustrate perspective renderings or elevation drawings that were reviewed by the Architectural Review Board. In reviewing these projects, it is recommended that Commission focus overall on how effective or ineffective the ordinance has been at presenting opportunities to encourage creative, well designed buildings, as opposed to specifically evaluating each individual project. Where there are opportunities to improve building design, it would helpful to contemplate how, through the Land Use and Circulation Element effort, future implementation strategies can address an identified concern and whether the standards go far enough to promote pedestrian orientation, achieve neighborhood compatibility and reduce perceived building mass and scale.