At the March 25 meeting of the Ramona Design Review Board, members briefly discussed signage, the county’s General Plan Update and design standards:
• The board approved signage for Michael E. Clack’s Furniture Restorations at 436 Main St. Services provided by the business will include antique furniture restoration and upholstery.
• The board discussed the possibility of an “antique-like” sign announcing “Welcome to Ramona Old Town District” as drivers enter the historic section of town. Although the preference is to have the sign over Main Street, because it is a state highway there are restrictions. Board member Chris Anderson mentioned the option of placing such a sign on the building at 10th and Main Streets where she has her real estate office.
• Anderson, who is also chair of the Ramona Community Planning Group and of the group’s General Plan Update Subcommittee, reported on the county’s work thus far with the General Plan. She said that, due to concerns that economic impact was not being considered in the General Plan Update, there has been discussion of adding an equity mechanism for upzoning or downzoning.
• Board member Greg Roberson asked members to review design guidelines in preparation for developing design standards. Roberson said the Ramona Village Design Group’s work with consultants on Phase II of the village design was geared to specific zoning issues. While zoning issues go “hand in hand” with standards, Roberson said more money is needed for work on design standards.
The village design group has applied for a Caltrans grant. If the group receives the grant, some of the funds could be used to develop design standards, Roberson said.