Numerous residents at a community meeting last week at the Buena Vista Library said they had never heard of the Rancho Review Board, the only neighborhood review board in Burbank.
“Yes, this is the only neighborhood with a review board,” Assistant Community Development Director Michael Forbes said in an email. “I think the reason for that is because this is the only area where the architectural design of the buildings is seen as playing an important role in the neighborhood character and ties the commercial and residential areas together as a single neighborhood.”
Forbes said residents should get involved in the review process to help ensure that the neighborhood character is preserved and enhanced.
“In other areas with zoning that is specific to the neighborhood such as the Media District and Magnolia Park, the architecture and design of the buildings has not traditionally been viewed as being a critical part of preserving the neighborhood character, so directly involving the residents in the review process through the creation of a review board was considered unnecessary,” Forbes said.