SLO continues to ignore architectural guidelines

January 4, 2017

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OPINION by ALLAN COPPER

On Jan. 3, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 to deny an appeal of a four-story motel project proposed to be located at 1042 Olive Street. This project is an architectural misfit in height, color and style. There was no attempt to fit into the neighborhood and approval of this project made a mockery of the city’s community design guidelines.

The community development director stated that the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has tremendous leeway in “interpreting” or ignoring the community design guidelines. If this is true, any developer can justify putting up anything in San Luis Obispo as long as the ARC “likes” the design.

The architect stated later in a private conversation that this “style” of architecture is what the younger generation likes and there should be more buildings like it in SLO. If the ARC, staff and the council share this opinion, then there is seriously no practical need for these “guidelines.”

So the next time the city asks for your input on updates to the downtown concept plan, the Mission Plaza masterplan or revisions to the community design guidelines, remember that, without the city’s intent to enforce these documents, this will be a monumental waste of your time.







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22 Comments

  1. heybobareebob says:

    Me too. Deny the appeal of the building means to me the owners got shafted. Mr Cooper needs write a little more clearly

    (1) 3 Total Votes - 2 up - 1 down
  2. 1965buick says:

    I’m not really sure what good a citizen’s appeal would ever do.

    When’s the last time the council, on anything, said ‘oh gee, the people of the town are really not thrilled about this, let’s change it or forgo it’

    Never.

    Small-town charm going bye-bye. Developers make big money.

    (-1) 13 Total Votes - 6 up - 7 down
  3. sloslo says:

    Say what you want, but it’s next to a Taco Bell and a tacky budget hotel – it is definitely going to be the nicest looking building on that block. And anything beats having the nasty eyesore that was the open lot full of weeds and debris that it will be replacing.

    (6) 18 Total Votes - 12 up - 6 down
  4. San Louie says:

    Talk about stuffing ten pounds of **** on a five pound lot. Four stories? Really?

    (4) 16 Total Votes - 10 up - 6 down
  5. AGDUDE says:

    Clearly your taste is only in your mouth… after 30 years in the design field Elite Designs Unlimited,(only a designer) This is what cal poly ARC Dept. has to offer.. wow… all time low..

    No Thought, no designate all ..

    (4) 10 Total Votes - 7 up - 3 down
  6. LAH says:

    Wow, I think this building is beautiful! I Love the look with shops downstairs. What does the City council want? This looks Classy. Guess they want old out dated, same as usual, fogie style?

    (-6) 30 Total Votes - 12 up - 18 down

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