Chapter 18.87
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

18.87.010    Purpose.

18.87.020    Architectural review board.

18.87.030    Sign review.

18.87.040    Sign review criteria.

18.87.050    Building design review.

18.87.060    Application for design review.

18.87.070    Design review criteria.

18.87.080    Review, comment and advisory powers.

18.87.090    Application fee.

18.87.100    Project completion.

18.87.110    Exceptions.

18.87.120    Violation—Penalties.

18.87.010 Purpose.

Within the Marysville Plaza project area, as described in Chapter 19.08 and hereby referenced, there is concern for reasonable compatibility and architectural acceptability. Moreover, the Marysville plaza urban design and development plan (adopted by Resolution No. 79A02) established certain architectural themes or motifs for particular sections of the project area. Architectural review shall be required for all new building and project construction, exterior modification or rehabilitation of existing buildings and the addition or modification of advertising signs (including signs painted on windows), within the project area. Architectural review must be complete prior to the insurance of any permit by the building official and prior to the commencement of any work covered under this chapter. Therefore, the review should occur in the early planning stages of a project so that any recommendations that are made during the architectural review process can be incorporated into such plans. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.020 Architectural review board.

The architectural review board shall be composed of three members of the planning commission appointed by the chairman of the planning commission. The architectural review board shall perform all of the functions of that board as set forth in this chapter. Appeal from any finding of the architectural review board may be made in writing to the planning commission in accordance with Section 18.08.120. (Ord. 1299 § 38, 2005: Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.030 Sign review.

Proposals for new exterior signs (including signs painted on windows) or proposals for modifications to existing exterior signs (including signs painted on windows) will be reviewed by the city planner or the architectural review board in accordance with Section 18.87.040(b). (Ord. 1299 § 39, 2005: Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.040 Sign review criteria.

(a)    Application for sign review shall be submitted on a form provided for that purpose and shall be accompanied by information as provided for in the application checklist maintained by the city planner, but shall include the following minimum materials:

(1)    Color rendering of the sign;

(2)    Location of the sign on the building by use of a full rendering or color photograph with the sign location outlined on it to scale;

(3)    The size and dimensions of the sign and materials to be utilized;

(4)    An indication of whether the sign will be illuminated and, if so, whether such illumination will be direct or indirect.

(b)    The approval or disapproval of the proposed sign (or modification to an existing sign) shall be based upon the following factors:

(1)    The sign’s compatibility with the building use and with other buildings and uses in the same vicinity;

(2)    The sign’s compatibility with the provisions of this code regulating signs;

(3)    The sign’s compliance with the Marysville Plaza Urban Design and Development Plan;

(4)    The sign’s compliance with the provisions of any target area plan adopted for the area;

(5)    The sign’s compliance with other policies adopted by the agency relating to lighting, color, materials, or other considerations. (Ord. 1299 § 40, 2005: Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.050 Building design review.

(a)    Minor exterior modifications, including normal repairs and maintenance, painting and other work that does not significantly change the character or appearance of the building, will be reviewed by the city planner. Modifications of this type may be approved by the city planner if the proposed work conforms to the criteria for design review set forth in this chapter and with the provisions of the Marysville urban design and development plan, any applicable target area plan and other policies adopted by the agency. If the city planner determines that the proposed work does not meet the criteria or does not constitute a minor exterior modification, the proposed exterior modification shall be submitted to the architectural review board for review.

(b)    Projects involving new construction or projects involving exterior modification (other than minor exterior modification described in subsection (a) of this section) shall be reviewed by the architectural review board. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.060 Application for design review.

Any person who intends to construct a new building or sign within the project area or to repair or renovate any existing building or sign or relocate a sign within such project area shall first apply for design review and shall utilize a form provided for that purpose. Such application form shall be submitted on a form provided for that purpose and shall be accompanied by information as provided for in the application checklist maintained by the city planner, but shall include the following minimum materials:

(1)    A dimensioned site plan showing:

(A)    The lot area in square feet;

(B)    The placement of all structures on the property;

(C)    Adjacent streets or alleys, identified by name;

(D)    Areas of existing or proposed landscaping;

(E)    Areas of existing or proposed fencing;

(F)    Existing and proposed setback areas;

(G)    Existing and intended methods of ingress and egress;

(H)    The location of any off-street parking or loading facilities;

(I)    Any other information reasonably required to evaluate the proposal;

(2)    Dimensioned architectural drawings including elevations to scale of all sides of a proposed project, showing buildings and fences and indicating colors and materials to be used;

(3)    A landscape plan as set forth in Chapter 18.86;

(4)    Photographs of the site showing existing and adjacent buildings;

(5)    The location of any existing or proposed signs on the building facade. (Ord. 1299 § 41, 2005: Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993; Ord. 1148 § 12, 1992).

18.87.070 Design review criteria.

In reviewing designs for new construction or renovation or repairs of existing buildings and signs within the project area, the following criteria shall be utilized:

(1)    Whether the proposed construction, sign, renovation or repair complies with all pertinent laws and regulations including, without limitation, the Marysville Plaza Urban Design Development Plan, any applicable target area plan or other plans or policies adopted by the agency;

(2)    The compatibility of the proposed design with other buildings in the vicinity;

(3)    In reviewing the design of the proposed project, architectural consideration shall be based upon the following:

(A)    The height, bulk, and area of the subject building and other buildings in the same vicinity;

(B)    The color and materials to be used and their compatibility with adjacent buildings and with any other regulations applicable thereto;

(C)    The site, layout, orientation and location of the building and its relationship with open areas;

(D)    The appropriateness of sign designs, exterior lighting and graphics;

(4)    Whether the site improvements, landscaping and other features of the proposed project are compatible with those on other parcels in the vicinity. (Ord. 1299 § 42, 2005: Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.080 Review, comment and advisory powers.

The city planner shall review and comment upon all proposals submitted to him pursuant to this chapter. Based on such review and comment, the city planner shall recommend to the agency what action should be taken with respect to a proposed project. Except as provided in Sections 18.87.030 and 18.87.050, the final approval of any proposed project shall rest with the city council after review of the plans and renderings and the comments and recommendations of the city planner. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.090 Application fee.

The city council, by resolution, may establish a fee for applications submitted under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.100 Project completion.

Any work undertaken pursuant to an approval obtained under the provisions of this chapter must be completed within two years from and after the date of such approval. If such project is not completed within such time, the approval granted under the provisions of this chapter shall expire. An applicant or the applicant’s successor in interest may reapply for approval under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.110 Exceptions.

The architectural review process set forth in this chapter shall not apply to signs or buildings in the following cases:

(1)    If, in conjunction with the sale of property by the agency for redevelopment purposes, the purchaser agrees to construct, repair or renovate property in accordance with standards set forth in the agreement of sale, no further architectural review shall be required for work done in strict accordance with the provisions of such agreement. This exception shall not apply to any modification or addition made after the initial conditions of the agreement of sale are met.

(2)    If a building is to be constructed, repaired or renovated in strict compliance with a design criteria plan adopted by the agency (either as part of a target area plan or otherwise), such work may be completed without the necessity of further review under the terms of this chapter; provided, however, that any later change or addition not in strict compliance with the adopted design criteria plan shall be subject to review under the provisions of this chapter.

(3)    Subject to the provisions of Section 18.87.100, if, after receiving architectural approval of a sign or building under the provisions of this chapter, the applicant transfers the property, the transferee is entitled to complete the work which was the subject of the application without further approval. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).

18.87.120 Violation—Penalties.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, whether as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, to violate any provision of this chapter. The first violation of any provision of this chapter shall be an infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. The failure to correct any violation of any provision of this chapter within sixty days after notification of such offense shall constitute a separate offense and such offense shall be an infraction punishable by a fine of two hundred fifty dollars. The failure to correct any violation of any provision of this chapter within ninety days after notification of such offense shall constitute a separate offense and such offense shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a period of not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(b)    In addition to the penalties provided in this section, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be, by the city, summarily abated as such. (Ord. 1161 § 2 (part), 1993).