Architectural Types Regulation to be Proposed

The Building Department is preparing to introduce a new regulation to the Regulatory Code, Chapter 48 - Architectural Types. This chapter will outline and illustrate the general characteristics of "Latin Type" architecture so as to better inform members of required aesthetics outlined in the Protective Covenant and Residential Design Guidelines.

The Rancho Santa Fe Protective Covenant references the appropriate architecture for the community as follows:

Par. 156. Section 29. Type I Architectural Districts. In Type I Architecture Districts buildings or structures shall conform to the following general requirements and definitions, subject to the discretion of the Art Jury:
Par. 157. Type I shall be that distinctive type of architecture which for several decades has been successfully developing in California, deriving its chief inspiration directly or indirectly from Latin types, which developed under similar climatic conditions along the Mediterranean or at points in California, such as Monterey.

The Protective Covenant further defines Type I Architecture by identifying fitting characteristics in color (Par. 158.), material (Par. 159.) and roofs (Par. 160.).

Furthermore, the Rancho Santa Fe Residential Design Guidelines explains the "Latin inspired" Architecture on page 34, as follows:

Appropriate design types and design concepts which have successfully established themselves in Rancho Santa Fe and from which interpretive inspiration can be taken, include Spanish Colonial Revival, California Ranch and certain applications of Mediterranean, Monterey and other Hispanic type design. Notwithstanding the fact that the predominant character and ambiance of Rancho Santa Fe has been most clearly defined and established by the prevalence of Hispanic influenced architecture, proposed projects will be judged and evaluated more against the project's utilization of traditional Rancho Santa Fe design concepts rather than its adherence to any specific design type. Irrespective of the genre or type of design utilized, acceptable projects must exhibit an overall design concept which is harmonious and significantly derivative of the prevailing architectural character which has developed in Rancho Santa Fe over the previous seventy years.

The goal of bringing forth Chapter 48, Architectural Types, is to further define some of the characteristics of Latin inspired architecture. The general characteristics discussed in the regulation are intended to inform the Art Jury in its discretionary review, and to inform applicants and their designers of the necessary inspirational basis of a design proposal for Type I Architectural Districts.