UPDATES - WHAT'S NEW?
Draft Eichler Guidelines Available for Public Comment
The Public Review Draft Eichler Guidelines are now available for public comment. The public comment period will be open until January 12, 2018. There are a few ways to provide comments: 1) Oral comments can be received at public hearings and community workshops (see schedule below) and 2) Written comments can be sent to either firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Historic Preservation Planner, Emily Vance.
Upcoming Community Workshop #3
The next Community Workshop will be held in February 2018 after receiving public comments on the draft Guidelines. City staff and the project consultant, Page & Turnbull, will provide information on the format and topics covered in the Eichler Guidelines document, discuss potential code changes and receive further written and verbal comments from the public about the draft Eichler Guidelines and potential code changes.
Eichler Memory Event
The City of Palo Alto and Page & Turnbull hosted a celebration of Eichlers on August 15, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 in the Embarcadero Room at the Rinconada Library (1213 Newell Road). This time was dedicated to sharing memories and showcasing these unique modern homes. The event was open to the public and we encouraged anyone with an interest in modern architecture and Palo Alto's history to attend. The evening started off with craft activities for the kids where they built their own modern home and colored Eichler coloring sheets. Page & Turnbull lead a discussion on Eichlers and provided an update on the Eichler Design Guidelines project. Monique Lombardelli gave a short presentation before the showing of her documentary, "People in Glass Houses: the Legacy of Joseph Eichler." Light, mid-century style refreshments were also available.
|Eichler Coloring Sheet 1||Eichler Coloring Sheet 2|
Summary of Community Workshop #2 - National Register District Workshop
Residents of Greenmeadow and Green Gables, which are historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, were invited to attend a workshop on May 3, 2017 to discuss issues that are specific to these neighborhoods. Approximately 25 residents attended the meeting. Staff members of the City and Page & Turnbull gave a presentation that included background information on the Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines project, as well as provided additional details on National Register historic districts. Topics of the presentation included the National Register designation criteria, historic district contributors versus non-contributors, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The meeting included a round-table discussion with attendees on topics related to the two National Register districts, such as the neighborhoods’ existing Controls, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&Rs).
Summary of Community Workshop #1
Approximately 65 community members attended Community Workshop #1 on April 11, 2017. City staff and the project consultant, Page & Turnbull, began the workshop with a presentation that introduced the Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines project, provided background information about the development and architecture of Palo Alto’s Eichler neighborhoods, and outlined the project schedule. A series of activities, facilitated by Page & Turnbull, encouraged attendees to express what they value about Eichler residences and neighborhoods, and to share the types of changes they do or do not want to see in Eichler neighborhoods in the future. The workshop ended with a summary of attendees’ responses that were gathered during the activities. PDF file of the workshop presentation is available to download using this link. In addition, the workshop was videotaped, and can be viewed at the website of the Midpen Media Center. The display boards used during the interactive activities can be downloaded here. Additional workshops will be scheduled in the future when a public review draft of the guidelines document is completed. In the meantime, we are excited to meet with community members and learn more about Palo Alto’s Eichler neighborhoods through walking tours or other fun activities. More details on these efforts will be forthcoming.
Community input is important during the development of the Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines. There will be several opportunities for homeowners, residents, and the general public to provide input during the preparation of the draft guidelines, including at community workshops, thorough review of the draft document, and at public hearings of the Historic Resources Board (HRB), Planning and Transportation Commission, and City Council. The proposed guidelines will be subject to a minimum 60-day public review period before being considered for adoption. The following is a tentative project schedule (subject to change):
|Community Workshop #1 (flyer) (PowerPoint Presentation)||April 11, 2017|
|Online Survey - Additional Community Input||April - May 2017|
|Community Workshop #2 - National Register District Workshop||May 3, 2017|
|Eichler Memory Event - Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room||August 15, 2017|
|Historic Resources Board Public Hearing - Update||October 12, 2017|
|Draft Guidelines Available for Public Review||November 2017|
|Historic Resources Board Public Hearing - Information Presentation||November 9, 2017|
|Historic Resources Board Public Hearing - Comments and Recommendation||December 14, 2017|
|Public Comments on Draft Guidelines Deadline||January 12, 2018|
|Historic Resources Board Public Hearing||January 25, 2018|
|Planning and Transportation Commission Public Hearing||January 31, 2018|
|Community Workshop #3 - Mitchell Park Community Center||January 16 or 18, 2018|
|Council Public Hearing - Consider Adoption of Guidelines||March 2018|
|Final Adopted Guidelines Available||April 2018|
CONTACT INFORMATION - GET INVOLVED!
Additional information and announcements will be uploaded to this webpage in the future. If you wish to receive an email alerting you when additional information is uploaded to this webpage, you may submit a request to Eichler@cityofpaloalto.org.
For more information on the Eichler Guidelines, please contact Emily Vance, Historic Preservation Planner, or send an email to Eichler@cityofpaloalto.org