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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

September 19, 2011                   Monday                                     5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Commrs. Ken Curtis, Suzan Ehdaie, Steven Hopkins, Michelle McCovey-Good, Greg Wynn, Vice-Chair Jim Duffy, and Chairperson Anthony Palazzo

Commr. Curtis was absent.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:   Accepted as presented.

MINUTES:  Minutes of August 8 & 15, 2011 - were approved as prepared.


There was no public comment other than on regular agenda items.


1.     779, 781, 785, and 787 Higuera Street.  ARCMI 82-11; Review of corrugated metal awning additions to building facade; C-D-H zone; Beverly Maytag, applicant. (Marcus Carloni)

RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the Draft Resolution which grants final approval to the project design, based on findings and subject to conditions of approval.

ACTION:  Moved by Vice-Chair Duffy, seconded by Commr. Hopkins, to grant final approval to the project design based on findings and subject to conditions of approval included in the draft resolution (6:0).

2.     1119, 1123-1127, 1129-1137 Garden Street and 712, 720, 722, 728, 736, 748 Marsh Street.  ARC 124-06; Review project redesign for the Garden Street Terraces project; C-D-H zone; Garden Street SLO Partners LP, applicant.  (Pam Ricci)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Draft Resolution which recommends to the City Council that the revised project design be approved, based on findings and subject to conditions.

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Wynn, seconded by Commr. Ehdaie (Vice-Chair Duffy voting no), to recommend that the revised project design be approved, based on findings and subject to conditions included in the draft resolution with one added condition, which read:The central portion of the Marsh Street elevation of the new structure shall be finished in a compatible color to differentiate it from adjacent storefronts” (5:1).


3.    Staff:

a.  Agenda Forecast - Pam Ricci provided a forecast for upcoming agendas.

b.  Awning Discussion – Staff discussed with the ARC that metal as an awning material was cited in the Community Design Guidelines as not being appropriate in the downtown.  Based on the review of recent proposals for metal awnings in the downtown by the ARC including Item #1 on tonight's agenda, the Commission suggested that staff could make decisions to allow metal awnings that were compatible with the architectural style of the building and respected the locations of windows and other details.  Staff mentioned that metal awning designs found not to be compatible with a building's architectural style would continue to be forwarded to the Commission for their review.  Staff also noted that modifications to the language in the guidelines regarding downtown awnings would be drafted and reviewed by the ARC at a later date for consideration when the guidelines are updated.

4.    Commission:

Commr. Wynn brought up the concern with the barriers for outdoor dining being left in place within the sidewalk area after restaurants are closed.  Staff pointed out the reasons for this including keeping the area properly demarcated, having a more refined and attractive barrier design, and convenience to the business owners.  Staff suggested that a Public Works representative could attend an upcoming meeting and provide some insights into how these types of projects are reviewed.

Vice-Chair Duffy mentioned the recent remodel of the Applebee's Restaurant on Madonna Road.  He noted that the style, material, and color of the awnings were very bright and did not relate to building features.


The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.




Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Architectural Review Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, during normal business hours.

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