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A Primer on Design Guidelines

What makes your downtown special? What sets it apart from the strip mall, or the next town down the road? The answer is varied, but often involves your historic buildings, local landmarks, and the pedestrian scale. From gateways to corridors to downtowns, what people see is critically important; a strong link exists between community design and economic development. An important component in maintaining and improving community aesthetic is the creation of a local design review body and accompanying design guidelines. Design guidelines provide a framework for proposed changes to the physical environment including buildings, streetscape improvements, landscaping, and signs, thus enhancing the overall appearance of downtown. Learn more about design guidelines and the steps you can take to create a safe, inviting environment and a positive atmosphere in your downtown.





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