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The Design Guidelines are used to evaluate proposed development projects subject to Discretionary Design Review. They are recommended as desirable design principles for other projects in the city not subject to Design Review. All property owners, developers and design professionals are encouraged to carefully review these Design Guidelines before commencing planning and design studies, and to consult with the City's Community Development staff should questions or the need for interpretation occur. These guidelines were adopted in 1991.


The Design Guidelines are to be used for the following projects, which are subject to Discretionary Design Review:

  • All projects located on a historically significant site
  • All applicable projects within 300 feet of a historically significant site
  • All commercial and industrial projects
  • All new residential projects, which include five or more units
  • All projects within the Pier Bowl Specific Plan area
  • The Design Guidelines apply to the previous categories of projects throughout the City, except Specific Plan areas, which have their own Design Guidelines in the adopted specific plans

For your convenience, the Design Guidelines are separated into different chapters and sections. Select the appropriate section below to review the Design Guidelines.


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