Urban Design Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Urban Design Implementation Measures

  1. Expand and upgrade the City's important public places, giving high priority to urban design and streetscape improvements in the following areas, in no particular order:
    1. North Beach
    2. South El Camino Real, between T-Zone and Interstate 5
    3. Los Molinos
    4. South El Camino Real, south of Avenida Magdalena
    5. Del Mar/T-Zone
    6. Pier Bowl
    7. South El Camino Real, between Interstate 5 and Avenida Magdalena
    8. Camino de Estrella/Camino de Los Mares
    9. North El Camino Real
  2. Update landscape and streetscape plans for the public realm along for the entire length of El Camino Real within City Limits to ensure a cohesive and consistent design theme, while building on the unique character of different segments of El Camino Real thereby strengthening the City’s identity as the Spanish Village by the Sea.

  3. Develop a streetscape and public spaces plan and standards for the Del Mar/T-Zone Focus Area (beyond Avenida Del Mar and El Camino Real). The plan should address sidewalk paving and locations, pedestrian access to Avenida Del Mar (refer to Figure LU-4, Del Mar/T-Zone Mixed Use Guide), signage, lighting, bike racks, landscaping, street furniture, news racks and other design features within the public realm.

  4. Re-examine public space/outdoor area requirements in the Zoning Ordinance and specific plans to identify opportunities to create new public spaces or expand existing ones and to remove barriers to their implementation, per Implementation Measure #1.
  1. Create a Citywide gateway program to identify and implement gateway improvements.

  2. Maintain and expand the Wayfinding Sign Program.

  1. Review and where appropriate, amend Zoning Ordinance, Design Guidelines and other City standards to allow added flexibility in land uses to respond to changing economic market forces over time.

  1. Work with neighborhood volunteers to establish a Zero Trash chapter, or similar organization devoted to keeping San Clemente litter free.

  2. Establish standards and programs to maintain clean, attractive sidewalks in commercial areas.

  1. Conduct public meetings or design charettes, including community stakeholders, to discuss ways to identify, protect and enhance Downtown Village Character. Based on meeting findings, consider adopting new development regulations such as form-based codes or revised design guidelines to improve the effectiveness and predictability of the design review process.

  2. Update our Historic Building Survey to include architecturally significant buildings with styles different from Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, including “Post-Modern” and “Mid-Century Modern” architectural designs.

  3. Update the Design Guidelines and incorporate the Henry Lenny Spanish Colonial Revival Architectural Design Guidelines for Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture.

  4. Prepare Sign Design Guidelines and incorporate them into the Design Guidelines and will involve business, sign designers and manufacturers in their preparation and provide follow-up education.

  5. Prepare and adopt Historic Preservation Guidelines describing design methods and standards for development on or adjacent to sites with historic resources.

  6. We will prepare and adopt urban design guidelines for the South El Camino Real corridor to direct building mass and scale and to allow new three-story buildings or building elements that meet specific standards and that protect designated public view corridors. The Guidelines will allow “Other Spanish” architectural styles in addition to Spanish Colonial Revival, such as Mission, Monterey, Italianate, Tuscan, and include a “Surf Zone” architectural style in the South El Camino Real area, to allow additional design flexibility.

  7. Update Zoning Code to avoid penalizing commercial developments that include exterior patios, paseos and other similar outdoor use areas by allowing usable outdoor spaces to meet minimum Floor Area Ratio requirements.

  8. Develop incentives for the use of drought-tolerant and California native species in landscape design.

  9. Update the West Pico Specific Plan (future Los Molinos Specific Plan) to provide new design guidance for architecture and landscape character.

  10. Review and update specific plans and Zoning Ordinance as necessary to reflect best practices in architectural design, landscaping and maintenance.

  1. Review the standards established by the International Society of Arboriculture and incorporate appropriate standards into a Tree Ordinance. The Ordinance shall consider standards and procedures for tree removal, preservation and maintenance and the establishment of a tree canopy percentage target. The tree ordinance shall include criteria for evaluating potential conflicts which may arise when trees uplift sidewalks or where new sidewalks are being constructed. Potential mitigation may include root pruning, modification of frontage improvements, root barriers, relocation, and removal and replacement.

  2. Update the Master Landscape Plan for Scenic Corridors.

  3. Identify incentives for tree maintenance on private property.

  4. Update the Tree Inventory and include trees of historic significance.

  5. In addition to utilizing the existing Master Landscape Plan for Scenic Corridors (which provides policy for specific arterials), the City shall formulate a comprehensive master plan which lists permitted trees in the public rights-of-way for all areas in San Clemente. It will specify species, minimum size, spacing, and irrigation requirements and address considerations for topographical context and private view considerations in hillside neighborhoods. The plan will identify consistent tree species for blocks, streets, neighborhood, or districts which provide distinctive identities for these areas. New residential, commercial, and industrial development shall be required to install and maintain trees in accordance with this requirement, as implemented through the City's municipal code.

  6. Examine code enforcement procedures and development conditions of approval to ensure appropriate maintenance and preservation of trees on private property and the encroachment of public trees on private property.

  7. Adopt a citywide street tree maintenance plan, including trimming and pruning procedures, which cultivates the full potential of street trees as providers of shade and designators of key design corridors [Consultant to specify scenic corridors]. Consider folding plan this into one of the master plans or ordinances identified above.

  8. Examine opportunities for public-private partnerships aimed at expanding the City's tree canopy and preservation of historic trees.

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