Design Review Subcommittee

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Crandell, Barton

  • Departments:Community Development
  • Divisions:Design Review Subcommittee
  • Title:Commissioner
  • Phone:(949) 487-2320
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BCrandellTerm Expires: June 2017

Current Planning Commission Member and Chair of the Design Review Sub-Committee. Recent graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program. Twelve years of Coaching Youth Sports, Soccer and Hockey and a Band Booster at Northwood High School in Irvine.

I am a graduate of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Architecture. Being licensed in California, a National and Local A.I.A. member, a Green Building Council member and Leeds Certified Provider I am required to complete numerous hours of Continuing Education each year to maintain my licenses and memberships. These courses include ADA requirements, Life Safety Issues, Energy Efficiency, Planning, Materials of Construction and Green Building Practices etc. In my spare time my wife and I restored a Historic 1907 Bungalow home at 286 N. Orange Ave. in the City of Orange, CA.

I am an Architect and Principal of Pekarek-Crandell, Inc. located in San Juan Capistrano. As an Architect, I have made numerous project presentations to Cities and Planning Commissions throughout the State and am extremely familiar with the application process and the difficulties applicants face when presenting their projects.

Being a native Southern Californian and surfer and having always lived on the California Coast, it’s understandable that I appreciate and am dedicated to maintaining our natural coastal resources. I have visited most all the coastal towns along the California and Oregon Coasts and am convinced San Clemente has everything necessary, including the History and interested and involved residents, to improve it position as one of the Gems of the California Coast.

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Design Review Subcommittee

What is the purpose of the Design Review Subcommittee?
The purpose of the Design Review Subcommittee is to provide direction, insight, concerns and options to applicant’s on how their project can best comply with the City’s Design Guidelines and/or City Policies.  The Subcommittee is not an approving body.  They make recommendations to the Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator regarding a project’s compliance with City Design Guidelines.  Each of the Subcommittee members will provide input and suggest recommendations to the applicant based upon written City Design Guidelines and/or City Policies.  The Subcommittee will not design the project for the applicant, nor will the members always agree on the best course of action.  The applicant can then assess the input and incorporate any changes accordingly with the understanding that the Subcommittee is simply a recommending body.  Decisions to approve, deny, or modify a project are made by the Planning Commission, City Council, or the Zoning Administrator with input and recommendations from the Subcommittee and City staff.  The chair of the Subcommittee will lead the discussion.  Planning staff will be available to provide technical assistance as necessary.  Time is limited.  Consequently, the Design Review Subcommittee will focus on site and project design rather than on land use issues, which are the purview of the Planning Commission, City Council or the Zoning Administrator.

When and where do they meet?
The Design Review Subcommittee meets twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 3 PM in the City’s Community Development Building, Conference Room A.  The building is located at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 100, CA 92673.

Who is on the Design Review Subcommittee and how do they get their positions?
The Design Review Subcommittee is a three member subcommittee of the Planning Commission.  The Design Review Subcommittee members are appointed by the Planning Commission to 2 year terms. A person must be actively serving on the Planning Commission to be appointed to serve on the Design Review Subcommittee.   An interest in architectural design, site planning, landscaping, preservation of cultural and aesthetic resources, and the welfare of your community is an important asset for a person seeking appointment on the Design Review Subcommittee. 

How do I get an agenda or minutes of the Design Review Subcommittee Meetings?
Agendas and minutes are available on line under the Meetings / Design Review Subcommittee menu items. Agendas should be available by the Friday before the next scheduled meeting.

Where do I find out more information about the Design Review Subcommittee?

You are welcome to email Planning@san-clemente.org or call us for more information at (949)361-6183.