Design Standards for Mixed Use Places

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Previously referred to as "Mixed Use Development Standards"

Burbank 2035 establishes a long-term vision for the city, identifying actions to update Zoning and Specific Plan Area regulations to further sustainability, walkable neighborhoods, and quality building design through mixed-use development. In implementing Burbank 2035, the Planning Division is developing Design Standards for Mixed-Use Places (formerly referred to as "Mixed-Use Development Standards") for consideration in key Specific Plan Areas – including the Burbank Center Plan (Downtown), the Media District, and the proposed Golden State Specific Plan (currently in development). This project is funded by a Strategic Growth Council-Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) with assistance from a consultant team: Sargent Town Planning, Lisa Wise Consulting, and Studio One Eleven. 

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PURPOSE

Creating design standards for mixed-use development will provide clear and consistent requirements that can facilitate mixed-use places in key areas of the City, while creating vibrant neighborhoods with quality design, walkability, and compatible uses. Developing a set of  standards will provide clear guidance to project applicants and architects early in the development review process, highlighting community expectations for mixed-use development, and provide appropriate standards for a mix of uses.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

This project is anticipated to be completed in approximately 9 months and will include a series of community workshops, and public meetings and hearings. A tentative project schedule is available here.

UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS

This project will be heard at the following public meeting: 

  •   None currently scheduled.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

To get input on the development of the mixed-use standards, the City will host community workshops to engage interested community members, including property owners, residents, businesses, employees, and other interested individuals. 

Workshop #1: October 7, 2017. Participants learned about the project, engaged in discussions on mixed-use development, and provided input on their vision of mixed-use in Burbank, including preferences for scale, amenities, and other features within each of the three Specific Plan Study Areas.

Workshop #2: January 27, 2018. Participants learned about the project, provided input on preferences for mixed-use neighborhood/public amenities, and their vision for where building frontage types (ground-floor commercial, "flex", or residential-only) and neighborhood amenities should be located in the three Specific Plan Study Areas.

  • The workshop presentation and video.
  • Boards that participants marked their preferences and ideas for each of the Study Areas:
 

 BURBANK CENTER PLAN/DOWNTOWN

GOLDEN STATE SPECIFIC PLAN

MEDIA DISTRICT SPECIFIC PLAN

 

Existing Conditions

Map/Photo Boards  Map/Photo Boards  Map/Photo Boards 
Preferred Neighborhood (Public) Amenities

Amenities:

Open Spaces

Public Elements

Additional Ideas

Amenities: 

Open Spaces

Public Elements

Additional Ideas

Amenities:

Open Spaces

Public Elements

Additional Ideas

Preferred Locations for Building Frontage Types and Neighborhood Amenities

Example

Participant Groups:

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Group 2

 

 Example

Participant Groups:

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Example

Participant Groups:

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PRIOR PUBLIC MEETINGS

The following public meetings on the project have occurred: 

City Council

  • Study Session to review results from Workshop #1, online survey, and seek input on a policy framework held on December 5, 2017. The meeting agenda and staff report are available online (Item # L-5). Video of the meeting is available online.
  • Informational update to City Council on September 26, 2017. The meeting agenda and staff report are available (Item #R-8). Video of the meeting is available online.
  • Study Session to introduce the project held on December 6, 2016. The meeting agenda and staff report are available online (Item # M-1). Video of the meeting is available online.

Planning Board

  • Study Session to discuss an implementation framework for the design standards and review community outreach to date held on February 26, 2018. The meeting agenda and staff report is available online (Item #3). 
  • Study Session on results from Workshop #1 and input on the vision for mixed-use held on October 23, 2017. The meeting agenda and staff report are available online (Item#1). Video of the meeting is available online
  • Study Session to introduce the project held on April 25, 2016. The meeting agenda and staff report are available online (Item #3). Video of the meeting is available online

Other Stakeholder Meetings

  • Downtown Burbank Partnership on October 5, 2017. The meeting agenda is available online.  
  • Sustainable Burbank Commission on October 16, 2017. The meeting agenda is available online
  • Transportation Commission on January 22, 2018. The meeting agenda is available online
  • Advisory Council on Disabilities on January 25, 2018. 
  • Youth Board on February 7, 2018. Meeting agenda
  • Senior Citizen Board on February 28, 2018.
  • Traffic Commission on March 22, 2018. Meeting agenda

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, or to get on the mailing list, please contact Lindsay Hagan, Senior Planner, by phone at (818) 238-5250 or by email at LHagan@burbankca.gov.

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