|Stonegate: Where sunsets are in the north.|
The photos were taken yesterday. Except for the one in the upper lefthand side of this page. That was lifted from a Stonegate sales brochure circa the now happily vanished Robert "Grumpy" Ho era (link). How this developer got the sun to set in the north for them is a good question. We have yet to find adequate answers. Maybe Richie McDonald threatened to sue it (link). Or perhaps they're waggishly contemplating a name change. "Stonergate?" You never know about these sorts of things. The CETTsters have yet to be celebrated for their sense of humor.
The point here being that, as it apparently is with the 1996 General Plan, the so-called Stonegate Design Guidelines now have a lot less meaning than it was imagined they would back when they were first written. A kind of de-evolution of concepts. And, by the way, these guidelines do go on for pages and pages. A sort of "bulk banal," perhaps designed to cheer down the overly ebullient. Or maybe a hoped for cure of restless leg syndrome. Or even sanity. Though there are so very many cures for that.
Anyway, here goes.
|A generic structure that could be built anywhere.|
Purpose and Intent - The Stonegate (formerly One Carter Avenue) Design Guidelines provides design guidance for residential development parcels within the One Carter Avenue subdivision. The Design Guidelines will be used by the City of Sierra Madre when reviewing design elements for applications within the Stonegate residential development … Adopted plans, regulations and policies governing the Stonegate subdivision shall continue to apply in conjunction with the design guidelines and may be amended in the future. Items addressed in such documents that influence the design of proposed development on individual parcels are referenced in italics in the design guidelines for ease of the user. The design guidelines address the design and development issues associated with site planning, building architecture and landscape architecture. The design guidelines are intended to promote the following:
- Development which is sensitive to the unique characteristics of the site and surrounding context;
- Architecture of consistent quality;
- Use of resource-efficient and conserving materials and technologies; and,
- An aesthetically cohesive community.
|The now "story poled" oak Marguerite Shuster talked about.|
Appendix A: Recommended Plant Palette - This recommended plant palette was created to complement the landscaping that exists within the Stonegate development. As part of the development of this recommended palette two key criteria were used to identify appropriate plant types:
• Low Water Consumption
• Adaptation to hillside/ mountainous environments
|Scraped hillsides destined to become our next happening mudslide?|
Deferred Improvement Agreement (DIA) - The City and One Carter, LLC entered into a Deferred Improvement Agreement (‘DIA’) on or about August, 2007, to allow for the deferment and guarantee of the construction of those improvements which were identified as conditions precedent to the approval of Final Map 54016. The improvements covered and constructed by the Developer (and its successor in interest) include:
- Site grading
- Landscaping and associated irrigation facilities
- Fencing and walls, including perimeter walls and retaining walls
- Streets, including streetlights which are required to be of energy-efficient design and shielded to limit glare into adjoining and off-site properties
- Erosion control improvements
|Dog owners refuse to pick up after Fido at Stonegate. Community protest?|
Community Concept - Stonegate is a custom home community, located central to the City in a highly visible hillside area. The community is designed to respect the existing physical setting and existing historic resources. There are three historic structures existing on the site - the Macomber Cabin, the Carter Barn, and the Willis Residence. It is the City’s intent that the historic structures be retained, restored and adaptively re-used. The overall design objectives for Stonegate are:
- Development which minimizes physical and visual impacts to the site and natural surroundings;
- An aesthetically cohesive community with architecture and building material
finishes of a consistent quality;
- Buildings which respect and complement the existing historic resources; and,
- Use of resource-efficient and conserving materials and technologies.
A couple more questions. Who wrote these design guidelines anyway? Is there anyone who actually says things like "plant palette?"
Well, if there is they should stop.
Well, if there is they should stop.