On July 30, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2963 which amended the Oxnard City Code Chapter 16, Division 10 to create a new “Downtown Code”.
The Downtown Code is comprised of two parts:
Part 1: Zones and Standards, establishes requirements including the zoning designations within the Downtown area, permitted and conditionally permitted land uses, development standards, and permit processing.
Part 2: Architectural Guidelines, provides direction and recommendations regarding building architectural styles, design elements, and form.
These two elements work together. As an example, the Zones and Standards require a building to be designed with a distinct architectural style and establishes criteria for certain design elements of the building.
The Architectural Guidelines provides design details for specific architectural styles including defining characteristics and design elements to avoid.
Table 16-146 of the Downtown Code identifies the required permit path (i.e. a Major or Minor Downtown Design Review Permit or Special Use Permit) for all new buildings, additions, site improvements, exterior changes to a building or property, and signs. Such changes include, but are not limited to, constructing new structures or additions to existing structures, repainting or changing exterior finishes, installing new doors or windows, installing new roof material, new walls or fences, lighting, landscaping, trash enclosures, installing new signs and changing existing signs.
|Requirement for Planning Permits Table 16-146|
|Type of Activity||Type of Permit Required||Planning Staff||Director¹||Planning Commission|
|Repainting or changing exterior finish||Minor DDR||Decision|
|Building improvements (façade, doors, windows, roofing, gutters, screening)||OTC DDR||Decision|
|Site improvements (lighting, landscaping, parking areas, trash enclosure, fencing)||Minor DDR||Decision²|
|New sign(s)||OTC DDR||Decision|
|Change of sign copy||OTC DDR||Decision|
|Sidewalk dining and/or parklet||OTC DDR||Decision|
|Allowed Variations from Standards||Minor DDR||Recommend||Recommend||Decision²|
|Addition to building||Minor DDR||Recommend||Decision²|
|New building||Major DDR||Recommend||Decision²|
|New buildings (two or more)||Major DDR||Recommend||Recommend||Decision²|
|OTC Over-the-counter Downtown Design Review Permit Minor DDR Minor Downtown Design Review Permit Major DDR Major Downtown Design Review Permit SUP Special Use Permit||¹ The Community Development Director
² Decision is appealable by the next Review Authority
Purpose of the Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC)
The Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) consists of five members appointed by the City Council, including a licensed architect, and a business or real property owner in the downtown zones (DT-C, DT-G, DT-E). All members shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council. DDRC members must be at least 18 years of age and do not need to be residents of the City of Oxnard. The DDRC shall consider applications for a Downtown Design Review Permit or Special Use Permit that the Community Development Director (Director) refers to the DDRC, and shall make a written recommendation thereon to the Director and/or Planning Commission, stating the reasons for the recommendation. If the DDRC does not make such a recommendation to the Director within 20 days of the date that the Director referred the application to the DDRC, the DDRC will be deemed to have waived making a recommendation, and the Director or the Planning Commission shall make a determination on the application without taking into consideration a recommendation from the DDRC.
The DDRC will hold two public meetings each month to review applications and provide comments and recommendations to the City of Oxnard Planning Division. Members shall serve for two years and may be reappointed to serve additional terms. The DDRC conducts regular meetings, as necessary, to review items that the Community Development Director (Director) refers to the DDRC.
Gary Blum – Chair, Downtown Business Owner
Alesia Martin – Member
AJ Valenzuela – Member
Tyson Cline – Member, Architect
David Ferrin – Member, Architect
Meetings occur as-needed on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., Planning Conference Room, Oxnard Service Center, 214 S. “C” Street.
For questions regarding the DDRC member body, please email Joe Pearson II or by phone (805) 385-8272