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The intent and purposes of the Residential Planned Development Zone are as follows:
(a) To provide a means for encouraging creative and innovative developments that are environmentally pleasing through the application of imaginative land planning techniques not permitted within other residential zones by the enforcement of more rigid standards;
(b) To assure conformance of the project with the stipulations of the General Plan with respect to use, density, open space, circulation, public facilities, and the preservation of natural features, as well as with the standards, principles, and goals as set forth within the General Plan;
(c) To maximize the preservation and development of a natural landscaped public and private open space areas. Such areas may include, but not be limited to, scenic easements, historical areas, scenic areas, active and passive recreational areas, pedestrian ways, equestrian and hiking trails, plazas, and distinct spatial separations between pedestrian and vehicular areas;
(d) To provide for an orderly and cohesive urban growth and physical development pattern in the City by discouraging fragmentation with unrelated elements and encouraging the efficient delivery of City services;
(e) To encourage the design of all residential planned developments to be compatible to both existing and potential land uses, including a proper functional relationship with such adjacent areas;
(f) To encourage the optional utilization of the land to provide a degree of diversity of dwelling unit types, sites, and a range of rents or sales prices;
(g) To relate the residential development to public and private support services through the submittal of a fiscal impact report (cost-revenue analysis) to determine the effect on such services and City revenues;
(h) To promote an equitable distribution of public facilities by encouraging developers to provide such facilities as allowed by the Government Code of the State in order to avoid the overcrowding of existing facilities used by established residents and provide for a balance of community services;
(i) To provide a planning process involving public participation in the review of residential projects; and
(j) To provide the City and developer with reciprocal latitude to consider alternate standards in return for increased amenities to serve the inhabitants of the development and surrounding areas.
The Commission may grant a residential planned development permit for land in the R-P-D Zone which the Commission finds meets the requirements of this article. The Commission may impose such additional conditions and requirements upon a residential planned development permit as the Commission finds are reasonable and necessary to carry out the purposes and requirements of the R-P-D zone.
(§ I, Ord. 459-NS, eff. July 4, 1974)