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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

November 21, 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

                        Commissioner McCovey-Good was absent.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:  Accepted as presented.

MINUTES:  Minutes of November 7, 2011 - were approved as prepared.


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


1.     577, 579, & 595 Marsh Street and 1213 & 1221 Nipomo Street.  ARC 98-11; Review of mixed-use project with 12 residential units and 8,000 square feet of commercial space at the southwest corner of Marsh and Nipomo Streets; and, review of setback reduction along Nipomo Street to allow a 10-foot setback where 15 feet is the standard minimum; C-D zone; Mangano Homes and Heritage Oaks Bank, applicants.  (Brian Leveille)

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

ACTION:  Moved by Vice-Chair Duffy, seconded by Commr. Hopkins, to adopt the resolution to grant final approval to the project (5:1 - Chairperson Palazzo voting no) with the following amendment to Condition No. 8: “The applicant shall return to the Architectural Review Commission with final details of a revised Marsh Street elevation including colors, materials, and fenestration in compliance with the Community Design Guidelines prior to the submittal of a building permit application.


The main topic of Commission discussion was the appearance of the Marsh Street elevation and the need to have further differentiation in the architectural detailing between the lower and upper floor, more variation in storefronts, and additional vertical articulation.  Tom Swem spoke in support of the project calling it an exciting addition to the downtown and a potential catalyst for other development.


2.   Staff:

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

3.     Commission:

The Commission reiterated their preference to conceptually review large projects on visible locations to provide early input on the design.  The conclusion was that this approach results in a more productive review process for the applicant, staff, and the ARC.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:11 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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