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Commission seeks community identity

Character counts for officials

Posted: January 20, 2009 11:01 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Planning Commission signed off Tuesday on improved architectural guidelines that include a sharpened focus on community identity and "green" building practices.

The commission voted unanimously to change the name of the city's architectural design guidelines to the "community character and design guidelines," sending the item to the City Council for final approval.

The guidelines, adopted in December 2002, were aimed at helping developers match architectural styles.

Assistant Planner Darin Seegmiller said since the guidelines were approved, the city has seen several achievements.

There are higher standards for development, ongoing development of unique character for the city's communities, more specific development guidelines have been shaped and green building concepts have been introduced.

The updated guidelines will make use of photos, giving better examples of the guidelines, information on the latest design trends and more guidelines concerning sustainable development and green building principles, Seegmiller said.

The planning department has also added an application packet to the guidelines, which will require developers and designers to demonstrate how their projects meet city guidelines.

The overarching theme of the revised guidelines is to contribute to five senses across the city, Seegmiller said. A sense of timelessness, a sense of ownership, a sense of place, a sense of identity and a sense of community.

"We're trying to go beyond just what a building looks like," he said.


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