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Design Review Program Improvements

An example of a building design that considered the site characteristics.
Partnering with the community to improve the design review program.

What’s Happening Now?

We released draft Design Review Program Improvement recommendations on March 9, 2016. Our recommendations identify and evaluate organizational, structural, and procedural changes to enhance the design review program’s efficiency and enable it to better achieve its purpose. The recommendations and appendices are located on the Project Documents page.

Over the last year, we worked with a 16-member stakeholder advisory group as well as the general public to develop specific recommendations about how to improve the Design Review program. We gathered input through stakeholder and focus group interviews, an online survey, and two community open houses held in September and October 2015.

The notes from the advisory group meetings and outreach are located on the Background page.

Project Goals

Develop recommendations that:

  • Cultivate the program’s purpose of encouraging better design
  • Improve the level of consistency, efficiency, and predictability in how the City administers the program
  • Increase accessibility to encourage better dialogue between the boards, applicants, and community
  • Use communication strategies and tools (both traditional and emerging technologies) to improve how information is presented, shared, and reviewed throughout the entire design review process

The End Result

We will submit a set of recommendations to improve and refresh our Design Review Program to the Mayor in 2017.

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