I am wondering about an overlay zone designed to protect a scenic view, and maybe 'overlay zone' is the wrong term, or the wrong approach altogether. The problem is, the highway entering our town from one direction has views that are visually fragile in the extreme, being treeless-but-spectacular desert. Some land along this part of the highway is zoned rural residential (one acre lots) and some commercial (in the general plan, I think it's all earmarked for future commercial). We already have some sore thumbs, and numerous proposals (all residential) are in the air. Would it be possible to have specific design standards addressing, for example, building heights and roof colors, without rezoning, and have it apply to everything within a certain area along the highway? In the past, the town has approved subdivisions partly based on CC&Rs which included these minimal protections, but they were not followed. It is difficult to imagine anything looking good in this strip- even the thought of trees seems ridiculous. I can't see walls helping much (this has been suggested for one subdivision which is apparently already a done deal) and berms with native plants seems more acceptable but more difficult and space-consuming. I would think that clustering could help the situation... any thoughts? Thanks!