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Urban Design and Design Review

This area examined the need and place for design review in our development review process. We will also review other tools for impacting urban design, such as existing design regulations that impact the character of commercial streets.

The discussion of "design review" in this working group will often focus on the review of design through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process as modified by OP's recommendations for PUDs. Those recommendations can be viewed here

Working Group

Meeting dates:
April 12, 2011
April 26, 2011
May 3, 2011
June 8, 2011

This study area did not result in any formal recommendations from OP.


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Urban Design/Design Review PowerPoints (4)
Date Title/Description
17-Jun-2011 Urban Design: Meeting 5 PowerPoint - Presentation from the final working group meeting on June 8, 2011. Includes preliminary recommendations regarding waterfront design, design review in PUDs, and suggested changes to the Large Tract Review process.
03-May-2011 Urban Design: Meeting 1 PowerPoint - Presentation from the first meeting of this working group on April 12, 2011.
03-May-2011 Urban Design: Meeting 2 PowerPoint - PowerPoint from the second working group meeting on April 26, 2011. Presentation includes revised set of "design principles" based on participant feedback.
03-May-2011 Public Space Regulations - Overview of public space regulations presented at second working group meeting.
Urban Design/Design Review Documents (10)
Date Title/Description
17-Jun-2011 Meeting 5 Notes - Notes from the final working group meeting.
04-May-2011 Meeting 3 - Design Review Tools - Display boards from Meeting 3, depicting options for rules to elevate design quality and protect historic character.
04-May-2011 Meeting 3 - Pedestrian Priority/Connectivity Tools - Display boards from Meeting 3, depicting options for rules to prioritize pedestrians and improve connectivity.
03-May-2011 Meeting 2 Notes - Consolidated notes from general discussion and small group discussions at second working group meeting
03-May-2011 Pedestrian Priority and Connectivity - Principles - List of design principles related to pedestrian priority and connectivity.
03-May-2011 Pedestrian Priority and Connectivity - Current Regulations - Summary of current DC zoning regulations related to these principles.
03-May-2011 Pedestrian Priority and Connectivity - Discussion Questions - Questions to guide discussion of these design principles in commercial and mixed-use contexts.
03-May-2011 Design Quality and Historic Character - Principles - List of design principles related to design quality and historic character.
03-May-2011 Design Quality and Historic Character - Current Regulations - Pedestrian Priority and Connectivity - Current Regulations - Summary of current DC zoning regulations related to these principles.
03-May-2011 Design Quality and Historic Character - Discussion Questions - Questions to guide discussion of these design principles in commercial and mixed-use contexts.