On October 5th, 2010, another session of the Zoning Code Review was held. Here’s the information from that meeting.
EMAIL NOTICE OF MEETING FROM PLANNING DIRECTOR GARY LOCKE:
Good Morning Everyone:
Our next meeting of the joint Boards and Commissions, including City Council members for the purpose of the zoning code update will be on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7 PM in City Council Chambers. The agenda for the upcoming meeting is also attached. I believe we are down to one last review and discussion of the Sign regulations, the sign design guidelines and the overall Design Guideline modifications. I have previously sent the proposed sign regulations and sign design guidelines but am enclosing them again in the event that any of you need them. I have also attached a draft of the proposed modified design guidelines for downtown that would work in conjunction with Chapters 1120 and 1121 of the proposed code which have already been reviewed and discussed.
The modified downtown design guidelines were prepared attempting to use the actual design guidelines document that was adopted by Council in October 2009. At that time, Council’s adoption of the guidelines did not make them part of the zoning code. Council’s action at that time did make the guidelines applicable to projects in the downtown area that were receiving some form of City assistance as part of the project. In fact, several of the new projects downtown have already undergone review and received approval using those guidelines.
The question at hand presently is whether to take the guidelines, with some modifications, and make them part of the City’s development review process where they become mandatory for any applicable project in the downtown area, regardless of whether the project is receiving City assistance. In reviewing the original draft of what was approved by Council in 2009, staff felt that some additional wording was needed to make it fit into the development review process better and to be more “enforceable” as city code. As you review the modified draft, you will note that there are portions that are double-struck out (to be removed), double underlined (to be added) and highlighted in bold (sections to be considered prescriptive/required). The modified version does not contain all of the graphics in the original draft. If we are able to get the full original document with all of the graphics at a later date, we will include the modifications in that version and will need to bring that version back for adoption at a later date. Until then, we will need to use the current draft version.
I hope that you will have any opportunity to review these documents before the meeting. If you have any questions that I can answer, please feel free to contact me.
Gary Locke, Community Development Director
Download Modified Sign Design Guidelines
Download Revised Chapter of Code Related to Signs
Download Revised Downtown Design Guidelines