The panel meets with applicants
and provides design critiques which encourage individual building scale and
character consistent with the existing community. The panel comments on project
elements such as color, mass, architectural expression, view lines, and site
landscaping. The design review panel reviews the architecture and landscape
architecture of all commercial projects and signage and residential projects
within scenic corridors, the Old Topanga/Highlands Overlay Areas, proposed
subdivisions, hillside developments, and other projects the community
development director or planning commission deem appropriate for the panel's
A. Five (5) members, with two (2) members to serve as alternate members,
residing in or near the City of Calabasas or conducting business in the
city, at the time of appointment and during their respective terms of
office. A majority vote of the entire planning commission is required to
appoint members. Each member may serve an unlimited number of terms
subject to periodic planning commission reappointment.
1. At least one (1) member of the architectural
review panel shall be a licensed architect.
Other members of the panel shall be persons who, as a result of their
training, experience and attainments, are qualified to analyze and
interpret architectural and site planning information, including, but
not limited to, licensed landscape architects, urban planners, engineers
3. A preference shall be given to the appointment
of Calabasas residents meeting the panel's qualifications.
B. Any member of the panel may be removed from
office with or without cause by a majority vote of the entire planning
C. All terms of office shall run for a period of
two (2) years. The terms of office for each member shall continue to and
include October 30 of the year in which the term shall expire, and
thereafter until a successor is appointed.
D. If a vacancy occurs other than by term
expiration, the planning commission shall fill such vacancy by
appointment for the unexpired portion of the term.
E. The alternate members shall attend and
participate in meetings of, and deliberate on matters before, the
architectural review panel, as necessary to fill in for any absent
The panelists shall serve without compensation, but may receive
reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in connection
with the performance of their duties. No expense of any kind shall be
incurred by the panel or any panelist, unless first authorized and
approved by the city council.