Urban Design Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Architectural Compatibility

The Land Use Plan provides for a wide range of land uses, including residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed uses. Generally speaking, land uses and the uses permitted within them are compatible with one another, but some have the potential to create adverse impacts. For example, industrial uses located adjacent to a residential use, neighborhood or school could cause noise, odors or visual impacts for neighbors. To ensure compatibility and protect public health, safety and welfare, the City uses a combination of policies, zoning regulations, site planning and urban design controls.


Achieve and maintain a built environment where residents, employees and visitors are protected from nuisances and hazardous uses and, conversely, where businesses and industries are protected from the encroachment of sensitive uses.


UD-3.01. Land Use Decisions. We use urban design standards and tools to minimize adverse impacts on adjacent properties when considering land use and zoning requests.
UD-3.02. Regulation of Uses and Nuisances. We regulate the location, concentration, design and operations of commercial and industrial uses and parking structures that can adversely affect surrounding sensitive uses. Impacts may include, but are not limited to, noise, vibration, odors, exterior light, visibility of activity, vehicular traffic and safety hazards.
UD-3.03. Buffers and Setbacks. We require that new uses and buildings, characterized by differing functions, activities, density, scale and massing, to provide mitigation, landscaped buffers and/or setbacks between uses to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts.
UD-3.04. Hazardous Uses. We regulate the development of industrial and similar uses that use, store, produce or transport toxic substances, air emissions, other pollutants or hazardous materials.
UD-3.05. Infrastructure Compatibility. We require public infrastructure and related facilities or equipment to be aesthetically pleasing and in context with the community character.
UD-3.06. Police Department Review. We require Police Department review of uses that may be characterized by or historically associated with high levels of noise, nighttime activities, and/or rates of crime; and impose appropriate conditions or land use and design controls to prevent adverse impacts on adjacent “sensitive uses*.”
UD-3.07. Inter-jurisdictional Coordination. We maintain work with other public agencies to help minimize and mitigate impacts and improve the operations and aesthetics of their facilities.
UD-3.08. Transitional Areas. We require development in transitional areas, where one type of land use (e.g., industrial) transitions to another (e.g., residential) to protect residents’ quality of life through such measures as landscaping, high-quality walls or fencing, or setbacks.

*For purposes of the San Clemente Centennial General Plan, “sensitive uses” include but are not necessarily limited to: schools, hospitals, rest homes, long-term care facilities, mental care facilities, residential uses, places of worship, libraries, and passive recreation areas.


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