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Design Guidelines

On October 15, 2019, the City Council adopted the update to the City's design guidelines for all of the following development types: Single-Family Residential, Multiple-Family Residential, Commercial/Mixed Use, Industrial, and Signage. The primary goal of this update was to provide clear guidance on how to address fundamental architectural and site design issues within all of the development types and architectural styles found throughout the City. In addition, through this process, the City also updated the City's Homeowners' Association (HOA) design guidelines, and the architectural design review properties for properties found within the five established HOAs (found in Resolution No. 6770), which will go into effect on December 6, 2019. The Design Guidelines have been updated to better serve as a tool for property owners, developers, design professionals, staff, HOAs, the Planning Commission, and the City Council to encourage high design standards to create timeless architecture that enhances the City's image, pride, and quality of life.

View the Design Guidelines, revised Homeowners' Resolution, and all the associated text amendments below.

Hard copies of all the guidelines and documents are also available at City Hall, Planning Division, at 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia.

Past Documents: 

City Council Staff Report- Adoption of Resolutions 7272 & 7273, and Introduction of Ordinance No. 2363 (October 15, 2019) 
Public Hearing Notice- Planning Commission Meeting (August 27, 2019)
Planning Commission Staff report for the Design Guidelines Update, the proposed text amendment, and changes to Resolution No. 6770 
Design Guidelines Update- Community Meeting Presentation (July 23, 2019)


Lisa Flores
Planning & Community Development Administrator
(626) 574-5445


Published: July 27, 2021