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Updated Development Standards for Stables and Corrals
In September 2012, the standards for stables and corrals in the R-1-H zone were updated. These standards were modified in response to residents’ concerns that they often prevented people from building stables and corrals in the Rancho. A two-page PDF handout describing the new standards is available by clicking here, and is also available at our public counter. Below are examples of what was changed:
Setback Requirements for Stables and Corrals
The updated standards now allow a stable to be built with a three foot setback from the side and rear property line. This is consistent with the requirement for other types of accessory structures, such as a detached garage. If the side or rear property line is adjacent to an alley, then a stable may be built up to the alley-adjacent property line. Corrals are now treated similar to fences and walls and may be built up to the property line.
Setback Requirements for Openings
The updated standards now require that any opening (such as windows, doors, or half-walls) in the rear 35 feet of a lot must be set back at least ten feet from any side or rear property lines. The old 20 foot separation requirement between a horse owner’s home and their stables no longer applies.
 
Required Construction Materials
The updated standards now allow stables to be built with a three foot setback, whether the stable is built from concrete, masonry, or any other suitable materials such as wood. However, any building material must still be approved by the Building Division.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Planning & Transportation Division at 818-238-5250 or email us at planning@ci.burbank.ca.us
 
City Council Hearing on September 11, 2012
On September 11, 2012, staff presented a Zone Text Amendment (ZTA) to the City Council which outlined the existing development standards for stables and corrals in the R-1-H Single Family Residential Horsekeeping Zone, as well as recommendations for modifying the standards to address concerns raised by residents. Prior to this hearing, the Planning Board voted to recommend the proposed ZTA for approval to the City Council by a vote of 5-0 and additionally recommended a modification to allow stables to have no setback along the rear or side property lines, if they also abut an alley. The City Council voted to approve the proposed ZTA by a vote of 4-0.
 
Planning Board Hearing on August 13, 2012

On August 13, 2012, staff presented a report to the Planning Board outlining the current development standards for stables and corrals in the R-1-H Single Family Residential Horsekeeping Zone, as well as recommendations for modifying these standards to address concerns raised by residents. The Planning Board voted to recommend the proposed Zone Text Amendment (ZTA) for approval to the City Council, with a modification to allow stables to have no setback when they are built along the rear or side property lines, if they also abut an alley. Next, staff will present the ZTA to the City Council on September 11, 2012 for their consideration.      

Community Meeting on July 14, 2012
On May 15, 2012, staff presented a report to the City Council which outlined the current development standards for stables and corrals in the R-1-H Single Family Residential Horsekeeping Zone, as well as options for modifying these standards to address concerns raised by residents. On July 14th, staff hosted a community meeting at 10:00 AM in the Community Services Building in order to get additional feedback and comments related to this proposal. Approximately 30 residents attended the meeting and provided their input on the proposed changes.  
  
City Council Meeting on May 15, 2012
On February 7, 2012, the City Council discussed a possible update to the Rancho Master Plan (see details below).  The Council directed staff to return with additional information on the schedule and cost of updating the Rancho Master Plan and additional information about options for addressing concerns about separation requirements for stables on R-1-H single family residential properties.  This information will be provided to the Council in two staff reports on May 15, 2012.
 
City Council Meeting on February 7, 2012
In November 2011, Council Member Gabel-Luddy requested that staff bring back a report to the Council to discuss the possibility of revisiting the Rancho Master Plan to ensure that it continues to reflect the desired future for the Rancho neighborhood.  Also in November 2011, Council Member Gordon requested that staff bring back discussion about a possible moratorium for the Rancho neighborhood that would stop any further development while the Rancho Master Plan is reconsidered.  The Council considered both of these issues at its meeting of February 7, 2012.
 
The Council directed staff to return with additional information on the schedule and cost of updating the Rancho Master Plan and additional information about options for addressing concerns about separation requirements for stables on R-1-H single family residential properties.  The Council voted not to pursue a moratorium.
 
November 2011 Community Meeting
On November 30, 2011, a community meeting was held at the Buena Vista Library to discuss the Rancho Master Plan and the future of the Rancho neighborhood.  Over 220 people attended the meeting.  The consensus of those in attendance was that the Rancho Master Plan should be revisited to ensure that it continues to reflect the desired future for the Rancho neighborhood.
 
Additionally, some attendees provided input regarding specific Rancho zones and sites on posters that were provided at the meeting.  The posters included comments from the 2008 Rancho Vision Document (see below).  Attendees were asked to place green dots next to statements they agreed with, place red dots next to statements they disagreed with, and add post-it notes to the posters with additional comments.  Below are links to a tally of the dots placed, pictures of each poster with the dots and post-it notes, and each of the comments received on the post-its.
 
 
Garden Office Zone
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Comments
  • Bring back the Garden Office Zone!
  • R1H
  • Creative mixed-use space and community use!!
  • No zone change or R1H only.
  • R1H. 2 story max. No multifamily development.
  • R1H (preferred) or keep it as it is.
  • Don’t tear the GM building down. Make it a historical mixed use space.
  • I like the MCM design of the building. Save it, don’t pave it.
  • R1H

Commercial Recreation Zone
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Comments

  • R1H
  • R1H

Rancho Business Park Zone
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Comments

  • Don’t push out the existing R1H on Valencia.
Rancho Commercial Zone
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Comments
  • Keep it small
Neighborhood Business Zone
 
Comments
  • Disney and Dreamworks also are expanding on digital entertainment i.e. editing. They will need more property. Glendale is all over that.
  • The Rancho has folks from entertainment to equestrians who will pay 7 figures for high end properties. Make this upscale equestrian.
  • Disclose all meetings and timelines regarding meetings w/ principals and agents and with who before the info gets subpoenaed.
  • Since the Rancho has a board, who the GM principal has met with…please disclose the who, what and where of these meetings.
  • No more freaking businesses giving pass thru traffic!! There’s enough traffic as-is! W Valencia homeowner.
  • We have enough businesses in and around the Rancho. R1H – expand the houses.

Horse Compatible Area
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No written comments on poster

Stables and Corral in the R-1-H Zone
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Comments
  • Run thru structures (AKA “mare motels”) would be more appropriate for a small space than a solid structure in keeping w/ current ordinance. Reason being:
    - Increased ventilation. (No ammonia build up)
    - More space for the horse.
    - Easier to control flies
    - COOLER during summer
    - Easier to clean
    - Perspective from long time horse owner who had a boarding stable
  • The rule that no openings are allowed within 10 feet of property line unless et back 3 feet is silly and unnecessary burden on horse owner because
    - Reduction in ventilation
    - Emergency exit
  • Ordinance should be rewritten to allow openings as long as they are SECURE and don’t allow interaction between horse and random passers-by.
  • Stop mansionization.
  • No building that prohibits horse use now or in future!
  • Increase setbacks on all structures. (Living spaces) (Back and side) so as not to infringe on neighbor’s ability to have horses (corrals/barns/stables) in their property.

What do you like about the Rancho area?
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Comments

  • No more R1H loss dammit!
  • This is a horse community!
  • RE: encouraging pedestrian traffic – “watch for riders and horses!”
 
2008 Rancho Vision Document
In 2008, community meetings were held to discuss the future of the Rancho neighborhood in response to the proposed Whole Foods supermarket that was denied by the City Council in 2007.  The result of those community meetings was a Rancho Vision Document that summarized the input received.
Other Rancho Documents and Links

Rancho Homes Brochure

The image at the top of this page is the cover of a brochure advertising lots and new homes in the Rancho neighborhood at the time portions of the area were originally developed.  Below are links to download the brochure in its entirety.  (just for fun; not a City document)

 

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