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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO.27

Meeting Date: September 12, 2000

Subject/Title: Exterior Color Coordination of Buildings

Submitted by: Mitch Oshinsky, Community Development Director

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Adopt attached Resolution related to exterior color coordination of buildings 

PREVIOUS ACTION
On July 25, 2000, Council voted unanimously to confirm the existing Zoning Ordinance provisions that require changes in color to building exteriors shall continue to go through a staff Design Review process to ensure a compatible and harmonious appearance with surrounding buildings; unless the new color being applied is the same as, or is clearly compatible with neighboring buildings, in which case no City action is required. The action tonight is to merely memorialize this prior confirmation in the form of a resolution.

BACKGROUND
On July 25th, Council considered several options, and choose to retain the existing Zoning Ordinance provisions of Chapter 17.820, that staff continue to be the Design Review decision-making authority on exterior color changes to buildings, with appeal provisions to Council. Staff is now returning with the attached Resolution to memorialize Council’s direction.

RESOLUTION NO. 


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO CONFIRM THAT EXTERIOR COLOR CHANGES TO BUILDINGS SHALL CONTINUE TO BE REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE CITY. 

WHEREAS, On July 25, 2000 the City Council considered that there have been a number or recent color changes to existing Downtown buildings and that the Community Development Director has worked cooperatively with these building owners to agree on colors which are compatible and harmonious with their surroundings; and

WHEREAS, on July 25, 2000, the Council also carefully considered and deliberated on the existing Design Review process of the City, per Chapter 17.820 (Design and Site Development Review) of the Brentwood Zoning Ordinance, as it relates to exterior architectural appearance, style and color of buildings; and 

WHEREAS, Section 17.820.007.A. requires that all buildings or modifications thereto undergo Design Review in relation to creating a well composed design, harmoniously related to other facilities in the immediate area and to the total setting as seen from key vantage points in the community; and 

WHEREAS, Section 17.820.007.B. states that elements of design which have significant relationship to the exterior appearance of structures and facilities shall be given special consideration; these elements may include height, arrangement on the site, texture, lighting, material , color, signs, landscaping and appurtenances; and

WHEREAS, Section 17.820.007.C. requires that the proposed development shall be of a quality and character appropriate to, and serving to protect the value of, private and public investments in the immediate area; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 17.820 states that Design Review shall not be required for minor additions to, and remodeling of, existing structures which do not involve a change in the site design and provided that the Zoning Administrator has approved a “Certificate of Compatibility” certifying that the addition or remodel complies with the design criteria set forth in Section 17.820.007; and 

WHEREAS, on July 25, 2000, the City Council considered three different approaches to deal with coordination of existing building colors Downtown; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has considered the staff report, and all oral and written testimony presented at the July 25, 2000 meeting; and 

WHEREAS, the City Council makes the following findings with regard to coordination of exterior building colors:

1. All proposed exterior color changes to existing buildings shall continue to undergo Design Review by the Community Development Director or his designee, in relation to creating a well composed design, harmoniously related to other facilities in the immediate area and to the total setting as seen from key vantage points in the community. 

2. The element of color has significant relationship to the exterior appearance of structures and facilities, and it shall continue to be given special consideration.

3. Exterior color changes to existing buildings shall continue to be of a quality and character appropriate to, and serving to protect the value of, private and public investments in the immediate area.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby adopts this Resolution as follows: 1) confirming their action effective July 25, 2000, to continue the requirement that changes in color to exterior building facades shall continue to go through a staff Design Review process to ensure a compatible and harmonious appearance with surrounding buildings; 2) if the new color being applied is the same as, or is clearly compatible with neighboring buildings, as determined by the Community Development Director, no City action is required; 3) applicants may appeal staff’s decision to the City Council within 14 calendar days of the decision as provided in Section 17.820.012.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at its regular meeting of September 12, 2000, by the following vote:

AYES: 
NOES: 
ABSENT:
ABSTAIN: 

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