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The purpose of Design Review is to promote safe, functional and attractive development of business and commercial areas; to unify commercial properties, both visually and physically, with surrounding land uses; to facilitate a more healthful urban atmosphere; to protect and preserve the unique and cultural features within the City; and to protect commercial property values by enhancing the City’s appearance.

The Design Review process applies to the following activities:

  • All new construction, except for 1, 2 and 3 family dwellings
  • Additions, alterations or renovations to an existing building site or landscape (other than 1, 2 or 3 family building projects), that affect the exterior appearance of a building or site, including but not limited to new or existing signs, color changes, parking area modifications and site lighting alterations.

The Design Review Process DOES NOT apply to the following activities:

  • Ordinary maintenance or repairs to an existing building or site provided such work involves no change in materials, design, dimensions, texture, color or outer appearance.
  • Interior alterations
  • 1, 2 and 3 family building projects