Design Guidelines Update Project
Comprehensive Update to Healdsburg’s Design Guidelines
The City of Healdsburg is starting a comprehensive community process known as “Design Healdsburg” to update its Design Review Manual, which is used to evaluate design proposals throughout the city. The design guidelines established in the Manual provide direction to both design professionals such as developers and architects, as well as the general public. The new design guidelines seeks to improve predictability, clarify design intent, and add illustrations and other features that increase usability. This exciting project will also seek to address new topics, like historic preservation, accessory dwelling units, sustainability and water conservation techniques. The key objectives of the design review process will remain in tact in the updated document. These include maintaining Healdsburg’s unique sense of place and community character. Your participation is crucial to a successful update to the Design Review Manual, and one that represents the community’s values!!
Project Process and Schedule
The Design Healdsburg process is expected to be completed in just under a year and will include many opportunities for public involvement. The project will start by engaging the community in a discussion of defining Healdsburg’s character and how it is different throughout the City. Through this community input process, concerns about current development and objectives for future development will be identified. Based on community comments, the City will prepare multiple drafts of the updated Design Review Manual for community review. Finally, the City Council will be charged with adopting the final updated Design Guidelines. All project events will be well advertised enough in advance for you to plan accordingly. Please come and make your voice heard about development and design in Healdsburg!
The community’s involvement in this process is extremely important. The process will provide a variety of opportunities to participate, provide feedback and learn about the proposed updates to the Design Review Manual. Information about upcoming workshops and engagement opportunities will be published on the City’s website and project Facebook page.
To inquire with questions about this project, please contact Maya DeRosa, Senior Planner, at email@example.com
Plan to attend the August 30th Open House
The Design Healdsburg Open House will offer the community an opportunity to provide comments and feedback on the Design Guidelines through either an afternoon session from 1-3 pm or evening session from 6-8 pm. The Open House will take place at the at the Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 1557 Healdsburg Avenue, and is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th. The format of the meeting will be casual, with informational stations set up around the room where participants may come and go at their leisure and visit the stations where staff and the consultant team will be available to discuss various components of the design guidelines. The feedback received from this open house will be considered and incorporated into the next draft of the Citywide Design Guidelines. Please see flyer here and share with others.
Public Review Draft 1
The City is pleased to announce that the first draft of the Design Guidelines is available for public review! Please click here to view and download the document.
After concluding the first segment of community engagement on the update to the City’s Design Review Manual, the City of Healdsburg has released the draft Citywide Design Guidelines document and is requesting the public provide comments during the review period which will continue through September 8th.