On March 24, the Los Altos City Council voted 3-2 in favor of demanding story poles for all multifamily, commercial, and mixed-use projects.
What is a story pole you may ask? It is a way for residents to size up development projects. It is simply posts capped with orange netting – to display their projects’ size, scale and mass during the design review process.
As stated in the Los Altos Town Crier’s article “New standard mandates story poles for large developments”, adding story poles is a process that comes with an added cost to developers, up to $10,000 for a commercial building.
According to Jean Mordo, a Los Altos council member in favor of story poles, he believes “The story poles do something that the plans and the drawings and the computer do not do.” “If you see the story poles, you say, ‘Oh my God, what is going on here?’”
To read more, click on the link to be directed to the article: New standard mandates story poles for larger developments