We are re-posting this article because the links did not all work
About ten years ago, the County undertook a series of works
hops about residential design standards for the Pleasure Point community. Monster homes were being proposed and residents wanted to work to maintain the character that is uniquely Pleasure Point. Over a series of well-attended meetings, the County engaged in a useful dialogue about what the community wanted and how they could accommodate modest changes to residential building design guidelines. The result was the Pleasure Point Community Plan that included the community's desire not to have sidewalks or curbs; to prioritize community interaction the County would not count porches as part of the floor area ratio and, that in exchange for slightly smaller second stories to allow in sunlight, larger first stories would, instead, be permitted. The neighborhood also pioneered new regulations for driveways - allowing tandem parking with no garages that has become a standard in other parts of the County. This plan has worked well in most places in the neighborhood.
Over the last 18 months, a lot of concerns have been raised about what kind of commercial construction has been approved or even considered along Portola Drive. With the vibrant successful businesses along lower 41
st Avenue, property owners are starting to investigate redeveloping sites on Portola. It is important to me to ensure our commercial development patterns along Portola Drive thoughtfully reflect the needs of business owners and the residents that live adjacent to them. In an effort to address community concerns I asked the Board to support conducting a community process to help define commercial design standards and pedestrian and vehicle needs for the commercial corridor of Pleasure Point along Portola Drive. The Planning Department has hired the same consultants who worked with the community on the Pleasure Point Community Plan to come back to look at the commercial corridor. The first public meeting of this effort will be a workshop on Saturday, September 16
th from 10 am to noon at the Live Oak Elementary School. This will be one of your chances to help shape the guidelines for new commercial construction and other amenities like the sidewalks and roads.
Saturday, September 16th
10 am - Noon
Live Oak Elementary School
1916 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz
Wednesday, September 13
1200 17th Avenue
(Due to Jewish New Year)
Wednesday, September 20
Loma Prieta School
(Due to Speaking Engagement)
Wednesday, October 4
Porter Memorial Library
Soquel Union Elementary School District - Measure C -
Design and Construction Meetings
Series of 4 Meetings to discuss plans at your neighborhood schools. Click
HERE for more info.