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19.26.100 General design guidelines

            (1)        Integrate building setback areas and setback design with adjacent streets to support pedestrian emphasis by:

                        (a)        Integrating building setback areas that function as extensions of the sidewalk along main streets.

                        (b)        Incorporating landscape plantings and/or trees along streets.

                        (c)        Developing a strong street orientation along residential and commercial streets.

                        (d)        Minimizing or restricting vehicle access to residential areas from high volume streets.

            (2)        Enhance connection between buildings, sidewalks, and pedestrian pathways by:

                        (a)        Incorporating large ground floor windows facing the sidewalk.

                        (b)        Expanding the "sidewalk level" of the building.

                        (c)        Emphasizing the visual connection at the ground level.

                        (d)        Incorporating a coherent design theme for lighting fixtures and directional signs.

                        (e)        Orienting main entrances and/or lobbies to the sidewalk.

            (3)        Integrate building mechanical equipment and service areas by:

                        (a)        Consolidating and/or sharing motor vehicle access points.

                        (b)        Placing mechanical and utility equipment where it will not impact the pedestrian environment.

            (4)        Convey design quality and building permanence by:

                        (a)        Developing residential buildings that provide foundations for new communities.

                        (b)        Using a palette of building materials that conveys a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

                        (c)        Making design decisions involving the building's exterior that increase the building's "visual texture."

                        (d)        Designing buildings to be flexible.

            (5)        Integrate the different sidewalk-level building elements with the building's architecture to enhance pedestrian experience by:

                        (a)        Integrating signage systems that are consistent with the building's overall design.

                        (b)        Using integrated systems of building elements to provide a human scale at the ground level.

                        (c)        Utilizing building elements to help transition pedestrian space.

                        (d)        Designing landscaping into the building.

                        (e)        Integrating works of art into a building or site design.

            (6)        Integrate the different parts of a building to achieve a coherent design by:

                        (a)        Accentuating the different programmatic functions in a building.

                        (b)        Expressing the base, middle, and top of a building.

            (7)        Design encroachments to enhance the pedestrian environment by:

                        (a)        Integrating works of art.

                        (b)        Developing larger-scale encroachments that are expressive of the community.

                        (c)        Integrating building elements that project into the public right-of-way.

                        (d)        Developing encroachments that emphasize transitions.

            (8)        Integrate rooftop components and screening elements with the building's architecture.  Integrate exterior lighting, signs, sign lighting, and any elated structural equipment at or near the roof with the building's architecture by:

                        (a)        Developing rooftop terraces or gardens.

                        (b)        Integrating rooftop screening with the building's overall design.

                        (c)        Using signs and sign lighting that is integrated with the building architecture.

                        (d)        Using lighting to reveal the buildings architectural systems.

                        (e)        Using lighting to highlight special features of the building.

            (9)        Ecological and sustainable features or concepts to be integrated with site and development designs by:

                        (a)        Adaptively reusing buildings or building materials, where appropriate.

                        (b)        Developing multifunctional storm water management areas.

                        (c)        Integrating eco-roofs, or similar permeable building roofing systems.

                        (d)        Incorporating storm water management systems into surface parking areas.

            (10)      Integrate pedestrian-oriented space opportunities at building corners facing street intersections and locate entrances to the upper floors of these buildings toward the middle of the block by:

                        (a)        Developing a design that enhances opportunities for retail.

                        (b)        Emphasizing the higher visibility of the corner location.

            (11)      Enhance transitions at gateway locations by:

                        (a)        Using formal gateways to emphasize transitions.

                        (b)        Developing gateway buildings.

                        (c)        Incorporating works of art and/or fountains as gateways.

                        (d)        Integrating sidewalk markers and directional signage.

                        (e)        Incorporating special landscape plantings and/or arrangements at gateway locations.

            (12)      Incorporate building designs with adjacent open spaces by:

                        (a)        Orienting the main entrances of buildings to face adjacent parks or open spaces.

                        (b)        Considering the open space's purpose in the design and functions of proposed adjacent buildings.

                        (c)        Developing small plazas along pedestrian routes.

                        (d)        Integrating elements within pocket parks to serve adjacent uses.

                        (e)        Developing new buildings that are oriented to adjacent open spaces without dominating them.

                        (f)        Developing privately-owned open spaces that are supportive of adjacent uses, streets, and buildings.

            (13)      Develop, orient, and screen parking areas to be compatible with adjacent buildings and the pedestrian environment by:

                        (a)        Incorporating complementary above-grade structured parking.

                        (b)        Developing integrated screening systems for surface parking areas that are adjacent to the sidewalk.

                        (c)        Creating on-grade plus one suspended parking level incorporating exterior streets as parking access to minimize ramping.

                        (d)        Promoting sub-grade level parking, where appropriate.

                        (e)        Promoting pedestrian-friendly surface parking areas.

            (14)      Design buildings to emphasize pedestrian views to focal points, wayfinding markers, public amenities and the surrounding mountains by:

                        (a)        Developing building elements that offer new wayfinding markers.

                        (b)        Emphasizing pedestrian views to focal points or wayfinding markers.

                        (c)        Using landscape plantings to embellish views down streets or from building spaces.

                        (d)        Emphasizing local wayfinding markers with new development.

Ord. No. 07-19, Enacted, 6/21/2007