Guiding the future of the Architecture in our Village

Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday - Dec 7th
     The upcoming Agenda Details are available here. Nore Winter will be reviewing the current outline here, for comment, reflecting the structure of the upcoming draft of the Design Guidelines.  This meeting will also include a presentation from the Carmel Preservation Association. 
     Prior to this Dec 7th Meeting, the Steering Committee has requested the City Council provide input on the Committee expand timeline and scope (staff report HERE) (Items included: Landscape Ordinance, consideration of new RHNA Housing, added Nore Winter deliverables and possibly Downtown Master Plan) 

Steering Committee Nov 18th
   
 
This session explored the possible alignment points of a new updated ADU Ordinance, the Housing Element Ad Hoc Committee effort and this Design Guidelines/Zoning work. The concluding direction was that these parallel projects can and should be mutually aware but separate. For example, targeting Commercial Design Guidelines, the focus is on the street level experience, that would not likely change where higher housing density is proposed.
     Note:  Nore Winter will be sharing the anticipated outline for the Design Guidelines next week.  He is also finalizing the quantitative inputs from the workooks in the last Public Workshop, targeting sharing this publically in the next 2 weeks.  He will following up with key findings from the qualitative comments as well.
     Added focus of this session was on the topic priorities, with agreement that a deeper dive into the Landscaping Ordinance item is therefore targeted for the next Committee meeting. The timeline for this Guidelines project is now anticipated to run through the first half of 2023.  This Committee has a webpage with background and relevant documents here steeringcommittee.univer.se, check frequently for new items over time. The Agenda for today's session is here and Youtube video is here.

City Council Nov 1 & Steering Committee Nov 3rd
   
 At Tuesday's City Council, Brandon summarized for Council the Strategy Paper and community feedback, then open again for public comments.  At the Steering Committee meeting Nov 3, the team went through the comments received from City Council and Planning Commission comments and added public comments for the drafts of Guidelines.  The critical need for capturing all inputs for consideration was raised.  Also a listing of future topics identified and prioritized.  The Agenda for the Steering Committee meeting is here and YouTube is here

Planning Commission - Wednesday Oct. 12th 
    This meeting covered the big topics of: community feedback for revised 5th & Dolores Project (aka The Pit and Ulrika Plaza), an update on Design Traditions, Short Term Rentals draft ordinance recommendations, and Historic Context Statement.  Here is the link to this complete meeting packet.  Here is the link to the Ulrika project staff report.  Here is the link to the Historic Context Statement, that documents architecture over the decades in our Village.  And the best information on the Design Traditions Update is included in the next topic on this page.  All of these and other items received comments from the commission and the public, with directions provided and decisions approved for next steps as appropriate. 

Community Workshop - Monday Oct. 3rd 
     This session summarized the major project findings and new table exercises to gather a new round of feedback.  Here is the Strategy Paper DRAFT. Here are the Slides from the Workshop with timelines, exercises and more. Here is the workshop handbook/homework document for your markup and delivery to City Hall by October 10th.  This handbook includes lots of area pictures of homes for public comments. Here is the YouTube as well. 

Updates as of 9/1/2022
   
The Design Traditions Steering Committee has been gathering since the project inception in the spring. The Committee meetings were open to the public. The September 1 Steering Committee packet and agenda information is available Here.    This Committee work is to prepare for the broader public session set for the October 3rd.  

Updates as of 8/5/2022
    City team created a survey in mid July open to the public for their feedback (closed Aug 2), that will add to the inputs received from the public June Workshops covering Commercial and Residential architecture.  Next steps, the City will present their consolidated findings under the planned name of "Project Directions" October 3rd.

Read on for this page original content and key links to relevant materials. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea attracts visitors, future residents and residents with its natural beauty, its forest, its beach, its culture, its arts, its businesses (food, wine, retail..), and its architecture.   All of these, and more, require our care as they need upkeep, investments, engagement and preservation by all of us for future generations to enjoy.   

As covered in CRA's Voice and News You Can Use newsletters and explicit in our CRA Mission, we hope you too will express your views in the future of new and updated architecture in our Village.  Our Carmel City Planning is leading the efforts to update our Commercial and Residential Design Guidelines, along with supporting code/ordinances in this year long effort.   

Here are the existing (dated) Design Guidelines on the Carmel-by-the-Sea City website.

Here is the YouTube of the March 2022 CRA Program hosting our Director of Planning, Brandon Swanson updating our community on this upcoming project and various related State and County regulations tied to Architecture.   Here is the PDF of Brandon's presentation from this program.  

Here is the recently updated Historic Context Statement, that includes building & architecture over the decades. 

First Round of the Design Traditions Workshops - co-hosted by City Planning Staff and WinterAndCompany 

Here is the YouTube of the Tuesday June 21 Residential Design Traditions Community Workshop held in Carpenter Hall.   48 people participated in person, and 24 participated on Zoom 
Here is the YouTube of the Wednesday June 22 Commercial Design Traditions Community Workshop held in Carpenter Hall.  27 people participated in person, and 15 participated on Zoom. 
IMPORTANT:  Whether you attended or missed these sessions, please take a moment to provide your input to this critical city project with what you like, don't like and why across all residential and commercial areas to be incorporated into the findings from this effort.  Please email [email protected] and [email protected] - with subject line including "Design Traditions Input" and your contact information. It is especially important to get your feedback in early and not late for this project. 
Tip for viewing the YouTube recordings These workshops contained an introduction, then shifting to instructions on the breakout sessions, where then the audio stops, skip ahead until you hear the table results being presented. This is repeated for two additional breakout sessions, with a closing wrap-up presented by Nore Winter at the end of each of these Workshops.  We've provided some images from these sessions below, including the anticipated (or target) timeline for the next steps. 

  

 

Watch this space for updates as this project continues!

And please visit the Carmel Preservation organization web page for more on their efforts and how to participate https://carmelpreservation.com/