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File #: 18-1224    Version: 1 Name: 71618 - Direct CPC to Evaluate Design Review Process
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/16/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/16/2018 Final action: 7/16/2018
Enactment date: 7/16/2018 Enactment #: R-18-294
Title: Resolution to Direct Planning Commission to Evaluate Design Review Process for Downtown Buildings
Sponsors: Kirk Westphal, Christopher Taylor, Chuck Warpehoski, Graydon Krapohl, Julie Grand

Title

Resolution to Direct Planning Commission to Evaluate Design Review Process for Downtown Buildings

Body

Whereas, The downtown built environment embodies a significant part of the city’s identity;

 

Whereas, Zoning regulations specify building densities, envelopes, and to a limited degree other features such as massing, articulation, materials and street presence;

 

Whereas, Many recommendations about building context, form, and architecture are documented in the Downtown Design Guidelines document;

 

Whereas, The Design Review Board is required to review proposals and provide feedback to petitioners for downtown buildings;

 

Whereas, Many of the Design Review Board recommendations have been implemented by petitioners and have resulted in improved outcomes, while some recommendations have not been implemented;

 

Whereas, Zoning has the weight of law and Design Review Board recommendations do not;

 

Whereas, Many residents believe that the massing and design of new downtown buildings do not live up to community aspirations; and

 

Whereas, Every City process should be evaluated periodically;

 

RESOLVED, That City Council direct the Planning Commission and staff to evaluate the performance of the current design review process against national best practices and recommend a course of action to City Council by October 15, 2018;

 

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Westphal, Warpehoski, Krapohl, Grand and Mayor Taylor