(Above: Wood exterior ranch house built in 2015 in Rancho Santa Fe)
Since Max Wuthrich published his article, and I wrote my piece lamenting the lack of response, more residents contacted me telling me they were opposed to the board’s arbitrary wood siding restrictions.
As I think back on it, the most annoying thing about this whole episode is that the current Art Jury wasn’t approving that many wood siding houses anyways. They were well aware that wood wasn’t a preferred material, and tried to be parsimonious about its use. But the Association board collectively decided the Art Jury was either making aesthetic mistakes or couldn’t be trusted. The end result is a hard and fast rule that completely ignores aesthetic judgement and nuance. The board appears to be trying to turn the covenant into a municipal code book of objective rules. But municipal codes exist for safety and don’t try to mandate aesthetics for good reason. Aesthetics will always require judgement and consideration of an entire project including siting, etc.
By going to war with the Art Jury and imposing objective criteria in places that demand judgement, the board will end up making more “mistakes” than the Art Jury ever did.
Onto the new reader comments!
Like others, we seek clarification as to why wood has been listed as “not preferred.” One can argue that many RSF Ranch style homes with wood siding come closer to achieving Lilian Rice’s three major design goals (simplicity and restraint in decoration, harmony between a home and its site, high-quality craftsmanship) than many of the newer and far larger Spanish Colonial Revival homes. Rice utilized board and batten wood in some of her RSF projects, including our Original Garden Club, and built several beautiful wood homes for clients later in her short career.
present and the future.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our opinions. We sincerely appreciate your service. Again, we strongly urge you to revisit and rescind the recent exterior wood ordinance at your next meeting. We also hope that your future work will prioritize revitalizing our Village and increasing the sense of transparency, community, and inclusion within Rancho Santa Fe.
Sally A. Koblinsky
Chester (Chet) J. Koblinsky
Your action on this matter is irresponsible. This deserves a thorough vetting with a letter to all association members requesting input.
I wish to comment on the changes I’ve noticed at the Board level over the past year or two. The board is seemingly becoming quite autocratic, increasing many regulations, imposing arbitrary restrictions, many times without any justification. RSF Village badly needs some energy and life … Why isn’t the Board focusing on increasing/improving the vibrancy of the Village, working with the commercial property owners in exploring options to increase tenant occupancy, finding a badly-needed grocery tenant to serve our community? I realize none of this is easy but surely it is worthy of some effort … the Village is a sad state of affairs at the present time.