Design Guidelines

Design guidelines describe the criteria by which the Architectural Review Committees (ARCs) and staff evaluate proposed exterior alterations. They are intended to serve as a reference and a resource for property owners, clarifying in advance what is expected. The ARC or staff determines the appropriateness of a project after reviewing all applicable guidelines. The goal is to strike a balance that best serves both the resource and the owner. There is no scoring or minimum number of guidelines to be met.

Design guidelines provide (1) an overview of the distinctive characteristics of each district and individual landmark, and (2) the statement of principles and standards governing exterior alterations to structures or properties of each district and landmarks. The guidelines do not dictate styles or specific design motifs. Instead, they suggest a choice of approaches for achieving design compatibility.


Standard Design Guidelines 

Butchertown Design Guidelines

Clifton Design Guidelines

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