Is there a preferred architectural style in Del Mar?
Del Mar does not have a “preferred” architectural style such as craftsman or mission revival. A tour of the City reveals a wide variety of architectural styles, from classic to eclectic to contemporary. What the DRB does expect is quality architecture and the use of quality building materials. “Quality architecture” is defined as a design that takes into consideration the unique aspects of the site and its surroundings; and a design that includes articulation of wall and roof planes. In addition to looking at these aesthetic issues, the DRB is often called upon to assess a project’s potential impacts on the scenic views and privacy considerations of other existing homes in the area.

With these factors in mind, the easiest route to gain DRB approval generally involves meetings with staff for guidance on design and zoning issues, along with visits with surrounding residents to determine the character of a neighborhood and assesses potential impacts.

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1. What is the Design Review Board?
2. Is there a preferred architectural style in Del Mar?
3. When does the DRB meet?
4. What steps are involved in the Design Review Board process?
5. The DRO standards seem to be so subjective. How can you ensure that they are carried out fairly?
6. How do I object to a project at the DRB?
7. Are there other City permits required for building?
8. Can I appeal the decision of the DRB or PC?