On Tuesday, the City Council is tentatively scheduled to hear a report on the Planning Department’s practices for reviewing window replacement applications. The Planning Department currently follows guidelines developed in accord with the Design Review Boards, reviewing each application on a case-by-case basis and referring those found to be incompatible with the subject house and neighborhood to the commissions.
On Tuesday, the City Council asked planning officials for a report on these practices, apparently in response to complaints from residents whose window replacement applications have been denied or sent to design review.
Replacing original windows in an older home is one of the most common and most costly mistakes a homeowner can make. Windows are one of the most significant character-defining features of Glendale’s fine old houses, from grand mansions to modest bungalows. The window types, proportions and design are unique and specific to each architectural style. They feature recessed frames, projecting sills and true divided lights that add depth and scale to individual façades and entire streetscapes. They are made of materials that are far superior to anything available on the market today — sometimes steel, but usually old-growth wood, dense, strong and naturally pest-resistant.