Chapter 17.50
SITE AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REVIEW*

Sections:

17.50.010    Site and architectural design review board—Approval required when.

17.50.020    Appointment to board.

17.50.030    Application and fees.

17.50.040    Board action.

17.50.050    Planning commission action.

17.50.060    Appeal.

*    Prior ordinance history: Ords. 77-10, 82-14, 86-2 and 94-1.

17.50.010 Site and architectural design review board—Approval required when.

The Marina planning commission shall appoint a site and architectural design review board, hereinafter referred to as the board, as a subcommittee of the Marina planning commission. The board shall have the power to review and make recommendations to the planning commission regarding all applications for developments in the city. A building permit shall not be issued for any of the following uses until site and architectural design approval has been obtained: public buildings and grounds; public and private schools; colleges, libraries, art galleries, and museums; public and private hospitals and other institutions; churches and other religious buildings and grounds; clubs, lodges, mortuaries, meeting halls, and other places of public assembly; motels and hotels; office buildings; all commercial and industrial uses; mobile home parks; parking lots; public utility structures and installations, except poles and towers carrying overhead lines; and more than one dwelling unit on a single parcel; and one dwelling unit on a single parcel where said parcel abuts upon and has legal access to two or more non-intersecting public streets. Also, no occupancy permit shall be issued pursuant to Municipal Code Title 15 for civilian reuse projects on former United States military land until site and architectural design approval has been obtained. (Ord. 2001-07 § 1 (part), 2001: Ord. 97-12 § 1 (part), 1997: zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.50.020 Appointment to board.

The board members shall be appointed and the board shall operate in accordance with Chapter 2.12 and in the following prescribed manner:

A.    The board shall be established and appointed on an annual basis by a majority vote of the city council upon a recommendation from the planning commission.

B.    The board shall consist of five members plus one alternate as follows:

1.    Members 1 through 3: At least three board members shall be members of the public-at-large. One public-at-large member may reside outside the city. All other public-at-large members shall be residents of the city. All public-at-large members should preferably have a background, or some knowledge, of planning, real estate, engineering, architecture, contracting, or any related field.

2.    Member 4: One board member shall be a member of the tree committee.

3.    Member 5: One board member shall be a member of the planning commission.

4.    Alternate: The alternate board member shall be a member of the planning commission.

C.    The board should include at least:

1.    Two architects/design professionals; and

2.    One landscape architect/landscape contractor/nurseryman.

D.    The board shall not include more than one member of any firm.

E.    A quorum shall consist of any three members of the board.

F.    The board shall yearly appoint a chairman and vice-chairman. Term of chair shall not exceed two successive years. Elections shall be held every January. The chair shall preside at all meetings of the board, make appointments to any subcommittees and shall perform all the duties necessary or incidental to the office. The vice-chair shall serve as chair in the absence or inability of the chair to serve.

G.    The board shall not include more than one member of any firm.

H.    The board shall yearly appoint a chairman and vice-chairman. (Ord. 2006-19 § 1 (part), 2006: zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.50.030 Application and fees.

A.    Applications for site and architectural design review shall be accompanied by drawings showing front, side and rear elevations of the proposed building, structure signs, fences, developments, or improvements or additions thereto. The applicant shall also submit plans or drawings showing in reasonable detail, proposed building or structural locations, topography, existing vegetation, proposed parking layout and location, proposed landscaping plans and proposed color schemes.

B.    Such applications shall be accompanied by a fee to be established by resolution of the city council from time to time hereinafter enacted, no part of which shall be returnable to the applicant. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.50.040 Board action.

The board shall consider all necessary plans, drawings and statements in an endeavor to encourage buildings, structures, or other improvements to be designed and constructed, and so located, that they will not be unsightly, undesirable or obnoxious in appearance to the extent that they will hinder the orderly and harmonious development of the city, impair the desirability of residence or investment or occupation in the city, limit the opportunity to obtain the optimum use and value of the land and improvements, impair the desirability of living conditions on or adjacent to the subject site, conform with the standards included in the local coastal land use plan and/or otherwise adversely affect the general welfare of the community.

A.    Preliminary Design Review. The board shall suggest any changes in plans of such proposed buildings, structures, or other improvements, as it may deem necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section, and shall not recommend to the commission approval of any such plans until it is satisfied that such purposes will be accomplished thereby.

B.    Final Design Review. In those situations where the site and architectural design approval by the planning commission as described in Section 17.50.050 of this chapter or by city council on appeal as described in Section 17.50.060 requires additional review by the board, the board shall review submitted final plans and other required final review submittal materials for conformance with the site and architectural design review approval. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.50.050 Planning commission action.

The planning commission shall review the preliminary design review recommendation of the board in acting upon the site and architectural design approval. All improvements which have received site and architectural design approval shall be constructed substantially in accordance with the approved plans, and no change shall be made subsequently without the review and approval of the planning director. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)

17.50.060 Appeal.

A.    If the applicant or any person who has participated in the process by personal attendance at meetings, testimony at meetings or other reasonable means is not satisfied with the action of the planning commission, said person may file an appeal with the city council in writing within ten days after written notice of the decision of the planning commission has been mailed to the applicant. The appeal shall set forth specifically the points of issue, the reason for the appeal, and wherein the appellant believes there was an error or abuse of discretion by the appropriate authority. The city council shall hold a hearing on said appeal and shall render its decision thereon within thirty days after filing thereof. The city council may reverse or affirm or modify the decision of the planning commission and such action shall be final.

B.    If the applicant or any person who has participated in the process by personal attendance at meetings, testimony at meetings or other reasonable means is not satisfied with the action of the design review board relative to final design review, or the decision of the planning director or the design review board with respect to any proposed plan modification, said individual may file an appeal with the city clerk in writing within ten days after the said action or decision. The appeal shall set forth specifically the points of issue, the reason for the appeal, and wherein the appellant believes there was an error or abuse of discretion by the appropriate authority. The appeal shall be considered by the planning commission unless the city council granted design review approval on appeal in which case the appeal shall be considered by the city council. Said appeal body shall hold a hearing on said appeal and shall render its decision thereon within thirty days after filing thereof. Said body may reverse or affirm or modify the decision of the design review board or the decision or interpretation of the planning director and such action shall be final. (Zoning ordinance dated 7/94 (part), 1994)