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Changes To San Juan Design Ordinance Introduced By City Council

Proposed Changes to City Design Ordinance

At Tuesday's Special Meeting, the San Juan Bautista City Council introduced changes to a City Ordinance often refferred to as the ordinance addressing "formula businesses", which are often referred to as "franchises".

Here is the wording of the existing ordinance and the wording of the ordinance introduced on Tuesday.

Existing Ordinance 

11-04-110 Large-scale retail business, formula retail or restaurant
business, and formula visitor accommodations.
(A) The following findings shall be required:
(1) The business offers merchandise and/or services that serve the unmet
needs of the population.
(2) Although the formula-based business may have other store locations
throughout the country, State, or region, the business will compliment and
enhance the character of the City.
(3) Both exterior and interior appearance and presentation of the business
is compatible with the existing scale of development, distinctive
architecture and pedestrian orientation of the town character and results in
an enhancement of the look and feel (i.e., character) of the surrounding
area.
(4) Signs shall conform to the City sign standards and design guidelines.
(5) Drive-through food establishments shall be prohibited.
(B) Application Procedure. Large-scale retail business, formula retail or
restaurant business, and formula visitor accommodations are subject to
review by the Planning Commission so therefore the business/applicant shall
fill out the application requirements for a conditional use permit and any
other pertinent applications as specified therein, pay fees specified, and
submit plans as set forth therein.

Proposed Changes to Ordinance

Section 11-04-110 to read as follows;  Retail businesses, Restaurant
businesses, and Visitor accommodations.
(A) The following findings shall be required:
(1) The business offers merchandise and/or services that add to the
diversity and character of the City.
(2) The business will complement and enhance the character of the City.
(3) Both exterior and interior appearance and presentation of the business
are compatible with the existing scale of development, distinctive
architecture and pedestrian orientation of the town character and results in
an enhancement of the look and feel (i.e., character) of the surrounding
area.
(4) All signs shall conform to the City sign standards and San Juan Bautista
Design Guidelines.
(5) Drive-through quick serve establishments shall be allowed only in
auto-oriented highway frontage commercial zoned districts.
(6) All buildings must comply with the San Juan Bautista Design Guidelines. 
(7) San Juan Bautista Historic District will allow retail business,
restaurant business, and visitor accommodations on vacant parcels that could
be developed and will be reviewed in accordance with Chapter 11-18, Site
Plan and Design Review and Chapter 11-06 ,Historical Resources Preservation
of the San Juan Bautista Municipal Code.
(B) Application Procedure and approval. Retail businesses, restaurant
businesses, and visitor accommodations are subject to review by the Planning
Commission and if within the Historic District shall be reviewed by the
Historic Resource Board. Application shall be submitted to the City for the
required review and on the appropriate forms.
 

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