The ARB and Board of Alderpersons are updating the Crystal Lake Park Design Guidelines, and ask that you please take a few minutes to answer the questions below. Your input is valuable and will be used to guide development of the updated design guidelines. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Ellen Rottjakob, City Planning Consultant, at (314) 488-6043 or ellen@shockeyconsulting.com.

 Background Information: 

The Crystal Lake Park Board of Alderpersons adopted design guidelines in January, 2010 to protect the established character of the City’s residential neighborhoods. The Crystal Lake Park Design Guidelines regulate new construction or exterior alterations of structures and accessory structures that will substantially affect the exterior appearance of property. They apply to all residential property within Crystal Lake Park except for The Willows Condominiums. Applicable projects must be approved by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) prior to issuance of a building permit.

 The Design Guidelines cover the following 8 major areas of construction and development:
  • Elevation Articulation Design – The appearance of each exterior elevation (e.g., window size and placement, front door location, porch design), should complement the character of existing homes along a block.
  • Lot Coverage – Adequate green space should be preserved.
  • Roof Design – Roof lines should harmonize with the roof patterns of the street
  • Tree Preservation – The preservation of oak and other native hardwood trees is encouraged.
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Garage Design – Garages should not be the dominant architectural feature of a building elevation and dominate the streetscape of a neighborhood.
  • Building Material and Color Design – Materials should be high-quality and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Massing Design – New homes and additions should be compatible with surrounding development in terms of mass, scale and height.

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* 1. How long have you lived in Crystal Lake Park?

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* 2. The design guidelines provide standards and guidelines for quality development and are intended to protect the established character of Crystal Lake Park’s residential neighborhoods. Standards are regulations applicants must comply with. Guidelines are not strict requirements but provide a framework to guide applicants’ design decisions. How familiar are you with the Crystal Lake Park Design Guidelines?

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* 3. The design guidelines were developed to help implement the goals envisioned in the Crystal Lake Park Comprehensive Plan, the City’s overall guide for how we develop over time. One of the comprehensive plan’s core goals is to protect the established character of Crystal Lake Park’s residential neighborhoods. Do you agree preserving Crystal Lake Park’s character should remain a priority for the City, with the understanding that some exterior renovation projects must be reviewed by the City to ensure they meet certain design standards and criteria?

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* 4. The design guidelines establish criteria for development to preserve a variety of home styles. Should maintaining a variety of housing styles continue to be a priority for Crystal Lake Park with the understanding that new development and renovation to existing development would be reviewed by the City to avoid concentrations of any single housing style?

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* 5. Based on your experience as a resident, what do you think are the most significant threats to the City’s residential character? List up to three.

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* 6. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a significant concern (high priority) and 1 being not a concern (low priority), please rate the following issues to be addressed by the city of Crystal Lake Park:

  Low Priority 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 High Priority 10
Housing quality
Housing variety
Drainage/stormwater runoff
Tree preservation
Preservation of green space (grass and landscaped areas) on private property (this means limiting the amount of a lot that can be covered by buildings and paved areas)

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* 7. The large number of mature trees throughout Crystal Lake Park help define the city’s unique park-like character. The Board of Alderpersons adopted regulations to preserve existing mature trees and encourage planting new hardwood and evergreen trees. How familiar are you with the City’s tree preservation regulations?

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* 8. Currently property owners are required to replace existing driveways or build new driveways with one of the following materials: tinted concrete, exposed aggregate, stamped concrete or brick pavers. In addition to these, should the following driveway materials be allowed (yes or no):

  Yes No
Standard concrete (no tinting)
Asphalt when a property owner is replacing an existing asphalt driveway
Thank you for completing the survey. We’ll share the results on the Crystal Lake Park website and in future e-blasts.
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