looking to develop in Wallingford now have a set of guidelines
to help them. On March 28, 2005, the City Council adopted
Wallingford Neighborhood Design Guidelines, a key implementation
strategy of the Wallingford Neighborhood Plan.
Residents, business and property owners in the Wallingford
neighborhood outlined a vision to guide the future development
of the neighborhood as a place where neighbors may meet, where
local businesses thrive in a pedestrian environment, and where
streets are pleasant public places. Neighborhood advocates
anticipate that design guidelines will be an additional tool
to enhance the areas intimate scale and historic character.
Effective May 6, 2005, these guidelines will augment the
existing Citywide Design Guidelines for Multifamily
and Commercial Buildings. The Wallingford guidelines
are the twelfth set of neighborhood-specific design guidelines
to be adopted by the City. They will assist the Citys
Design Review Board in evaluating the design of new multifamily
and commercial buildings in the Wallingford neighborhood.
A number of neighborhoods throughout the city have requested
assistance in preparing neighborhood-specific design guidelines
through the neighborhood planning process. Seattle's existing
neighborhood-specific design guidelines address specific design
concerns that have historical, cultural and architectural
significance and offer many suggestions for how new developments
can enhance the public realm by being sensitive to these issues.