La Crescenta - Montrose Community Standards District Update
In 2009, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ord. 2009-0032 which enacted the La Crescenta-Montrose Community Standards District (§22.44.139). This Community Standards District (CSD) established development standards for the Foothill Boulevard corridor within La Crescenta-Montrose. The CSD addresses building and structure design, architectural style, landscaping, yard setbacks, signs, and permitted uses. The intent is to improve the appearance of the corridor through quality built design and landscaping.
Unfortunately, implementation of the CSD has proven difficult. CSD language is vague and subject to different interpretations making it problematical to enforce. Terms and phrases such as “style,” “earth toned color,” and “consistent with the style” make it difficult for a citizen to comprehend what is allowed and not allowed because the language does not provide for clear, prescriptive standards. Also, since approvals are issued through an administrative site plan review, it leaves virtually all discretion of approval in the hands of County staff. As a result, achieving the CSD’s objectives have been mixed.
At the request of members of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, county planners have been working closely with the Land Use Committee to address the issues discussed above, clarify the CSD language, and find workable solutions. The project goal is to update the CSD, replace ambiguous language, while still maintaining reasonable regulations to foster quality development along the Foothill Boulevard corridor.
A revised CSD ordinance is expected for community review and comment during the spring of 2016. Please check back here for future updates.
County planners will request that the Regional Planning Commission take official action to initiate the CSD update process on February 3, 2016.
Planning staff will continue to work with members of the Town Council and Land Use Committee to prepare a draft CSD update. Once the document is finalized it will be posted here. A community meeting will be held to present the updated CSD and receive additional public comment.
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