The City’s Design Review Ordinance was written to carry out the policies of the Community (General) Plan, which calls for preservation of Del Mar’s small town, village atmosphere. The Design Review Ordinance, or DRO, is used in the review of a wide variety of projects. It would be difficult to create a set of specific standards to designate how each structure on each property in the City should be designed. The City’s goal is to facilitate different types of architectural styles in different neighborhoods of the City.
While the language of the standards is broad, when the Design Review members use the Ordinance, they make specific, detailed findings to tie the standards to the particular project proposed.
The use of the DRO has played a large role in protecting the community character of Del Mar.