Robert Kirschmann, Planner, provided a presentation that included the following:
- Plan 1 - Desert Ranch
- Plan 2 - Mountain Contemporary
- Plan 3 - Desert Modern
- Previous Approval
- Surrounding Development
- Summary and Recommendation
Ryan Repucci, RAH Architects, representing the applicant, provided a presentation that included the following:
- Overview of the project
- Stone Canyon - Plan 1
- Stone Canyon - Plan 2
- Garage Types
- Lot and Home Pairing
Vice-Chair Wyckoff commented he is uncomfortable with the building massing along with the colors and textures. It is different and bold and he's fine with that but he was looking for more simplicity in design.
Member Chen asked the applicant to explain the process of working with the Stone Canyon.
Mr. Repucci responded that they met with the member of the Design Review Committee (DRC) and vetted these designs. The Committee has seen them through infancy to this point. Looking at elevations becomes very difficult to understand how these homes are going to manifest themselves. Members of the DRC specifically Jerry Young, Architecture Representative of the DRC, has an understanding from that point of view. Mr. Young has architecturally pulled out some of those issues and suggested appropriate ideas.
Chairman Eggerding opened the public hearing.
Gary Oguss, Oro Valley resident, commented that Stone Canyon is amazingly beautiful with unique individual homes. The designs that are being proposed do not match and are not compatible with the homes in Stone Canyon. The homes proposed do not look like Stone Canyon. The DRC is made up of professionals who work for the developer and maybe a couple of residents of Stone Canyon. Mr. Oguss doesn't believe this proposal is represented by the residents of Stone Canyon. He would like to see a very successful development at the Enclave but would also like it to look compatible with the surrounding homes.
Josh Robinson, Mattamy Homes and applicant, stated that Mattamy Homes purchased a portion of the Enclave. The direction of the Stone Canyon DRC and the Conceptual Design Review Board was to be consistent with the previously approved product. Mr. Robinson would like to make it clear that the photos and rendering that were looked at laid out what was previously approved. There is consistency, he would argue with in that fact, and ultimately there are five homes that are under construction at various stages that will look like what was shown. It is also important to clarify that in a community like this that is set inside of a larger beautiful custom home community, the lot situation is certainly denser than the remaining portion of the subdivision. This can cause a little hesitation on how the product starts to look and feel. There is a lot of densification in this particular area which also starts to limit how much you can program what the home itself will look like. We are very proud of what we have come up with and frankly if they thought it should go in a different direction they probably would have done that.
Craig Stewart, Oro Valley resident, provided a brief background on Stone Canyon and went on to comment that here is another developer changing the whole concept of the Enclave or at least a big portion. Mr. Stewart's concern is the value of his home decreasing. The developer scalped the whole thing and they should have never done that it's against the CC&Rs. The developer is moving forward with their own concept because they control the Home Owners Association (HOA) as a declarant.
Robert Savin, Oro Valley resident, commented that the applicant stated that the DRC is declarant controlled. Mr. Savin concern is that the CDRB has the proper perception of the relationship between the DRC and the residents of Stone Canyon. Mr. Savin's opinion of the DRC is not as it was before, making sure the new product fits into Stone Canyon. The residents would love a mini Stone Canyon, but to have residences that are under 3,000 square feet. There is no one in the membership that would object to this.
Steven Hall, Oro Valley resident, commented that the proposed homes are entirely different than what is in Stone Canyon is. His concern is the lack of transparency with what the developers are doing and how these homes fit in and if it is going to be an integral part of Stone Canyon.
Barbara Bardack, Oro Valley resident, commented that she has no problem with the concept of having these small homes. The small homes are a good opportunity to have different types of homes in the community, but the exterior appearance of those homes is the most critical to the residents that live there. The reason there is such a concern because it in a centerpiece within Stone Canyon. It is surrounded by three of the first holes and is also seen as you drive into the club house and as you approach the fitness center.
Ms. Bardack continued that the DRC is an entity that none of the residents have any relationship with unless of course you are building a home. The lack of stringency that has occurred over time, the lack of involvement and input from members is also important for the Board to understand. The members are not asked how they feel about a particular project.
Member Linton commented there is a dilemma and at this point he is not comfortable and would like to recommend maybe taking some time and visit the property and take a closer look at this.
MOTION: A motion was made by Bruce, Wyckoff, Vice-Chairman and seconded by Jacob Herrington, Member to Table the Conceptual Model Home Architecture awaiting further review and additional information.
Member Chen commented that the comparison with the Stone Canyon Casitas was a little bit confusing. The proposed was strikingly different. The colors, vegetation and 3-D models would be nice to see.
Member Donley commented that most of what he has seen, he does not mind. There has been talk about so many similarities in Oro Valley and he is looking for something different. This proposal might have gone a touch to far, but he does like a lot of what the applicant is trying to do.
MOTION carried, 6-0.