When is the design review process required?

Planning and Building Staff will determine if the project is considered a major or minor design review based on the following:

  • A Major Design Review will be considered if the Zoning Administrator refers to a Planning Commission any Minor Design Review project that involves a significant policy question or substantial public controversy. New residential or commercial structures, additions, second story additions, and changes to the Master Sign Program are all examples of potential projects that may be considered for Major Design Review. To view the Major Design Review checklist, please click here
  • A Minor Design Review will be considered if the project is a project that typically does not involve a public controversy or a significant policy question. Examples of these projects include, but are not exclusive, smaller additions to a main structure equal to or greater than 250 square feet and equal to or greater than 15 feet in height, fences, walls, hedges, signs, and specific swimming pool requirements. To view the Minor Design Review checklist, please click here.
  • Examples of certain uses that have no Design Review: If an addition to a structure is less than 250 square feet and under 15 feet in height, no Design Review is necessary. For an Accessory Dwelling Unit less than 120 square feet and under 10 feet in height it will not require Design Review. No Design Review is also applicable for fences, walls and hedges under 4 feet in height along the front setback and under 6 feet in height along the rear and side setbacks. Signs conforming to a Master Sign Program and signs exempted in Section 18.22.030 do not need Design Review.


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