Sierra Point Design Guidelines

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee (OSEC) has provided its recommendations (redlined draft Combined Site and Architectural Design Guidelines, Sierra Point) to City Council, for their consideration.  The City Council hearing date originally scheduled for April 16, 2012 has been continued to a date uncertain.  This webpage will be updated and public notices posted once a new date is set.

The Sierra Point Design Guidelines were originally adopted in the early 1980's to facilitate development of Sierra Point as a suburban office park and have been updated from time to time to address particular building sites or design standards.  The latest update was approved by City Council in 2001 (Combined Site and Architectural Design Guidelines, Sierra Point - 2001).  In 2005 the City decided to re-evaluate Sierra Point and its future as a whole.  The re-evaluation of the subarea began with the City-sponsored placemaking workshops conducted in 2005 by Project for Public Spaces (PPS Report).  These workshops identified community concerns regarding the auto-oriented suburban office park model of development and the limited range of public uses and community amenities currently offered, versus the potential the area offers.  In 2006, the City retained the services of Freedman Tung and Sasaki (formerly FTB) to further evaulate Sierra Point and update the Design guidelines.  The latest draft of the Design Guidelines was presented to City Council in December 2011 Combined Site and Architectural Design Guidelines, Sierra Point - December 2011 Draft).  At that time, the City Council directed that the Design Guidelines should also be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Commission and Open Space and Ecology Committee and those reviews have been ongoing.  The timeline since 2005 is outlined below with links to the relevant agenda reports.


 

Sierra Point Design Guidelines Update- Timeline


2012:

OSEC Recommendations to City Council (hearing postponed, date uncertain) 

February 15 and March 14 Parks and Recreation Commission: Review of Sierra Point Design Guidelines

February 14 and March 13 Open Space and Ecology Committee: Review of Sierra Point Design Guidelines
 

January 9 City Council Meeting:  City Council refers Design Guidelines to Parks and Recreation Commission and Open Space and Ecology Committee for review and comment


2011:

December 12 City Council Meeting: Update on Design Guidelines Review Process

October 12 Economic Development Subcommittee Ad hoc committee: Site Visit and review of Design Guidelines Update

September 15 Economic Development Subcommittee Ad hoc committee: Site Visit and review of Design Guidelines Update
 

June 21 Economic Development Subcommittee Ad hoc committee: Review of Design Guidelines Update


2009:

November 9 City Council Public Hearing: City Council referred the Design Guidelines back to staff


2008:

November 13 Planning Commission Public Hearing: Recommendation to City Council of approval of the Design Guidelines

October 23 Planning Commission Public Hearing: Review of Design Guidelines
(Cliff Lentz Comments/Sept 11 Staff Report/Sept 11 Draft Minutes)


September 11 Planning Commission Public Hearing
: Review of Design Guidelines

August 28 Planning Commission Public Hearing
: Review of Design Guidelines

Draft Design Guidelines Links:
Cover Page
Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Site Description
3 Conceptual Master Plan
4 Circulation
5 Public Access, View Corridors and Wayfinding
6 Open Space/ Landscape Matrix
7 Building Design
8 Parking
9 Design Elements
Plant List
 

2007:

June 25 City Council Workshop: Presentation of preliminary conclusions of analysis
Attachment A - Livable Cities | Attacment B - Fundamentals of Urban Design | Attachment C - Project for Public Spaces | Attachment D - Goals of Urban Design Update | Attachment E - Keyser Marston Assoc.

2006:

Fall 2006 Sierra Point Property Owner Workshops: Discussion of potential concepts for update of Design Guidelines 

November 13 Joint City Council/Planning Commission Workshop: Presentation by FTS and feedback was provided to direct further work program

July City Council meeting: FTB (later FTS) was selected to undertake Sierra Point Design Guidelines Update


2005:

September - PPS Placemaking Workshops: Identified Sierra Point as site that has not fulfilled its potential as a community amenity or business destination