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Design Standards in this Chapter establish the minimum requirements in Design for Bainbridge necessary to take advantage of the opportunities of the surrounding context and site while contributing to the neighborhood. To provide some flexibility, creativity in design, and address the specifics of each site, the Design Guidelines provide a variety of ways to meet the standards. Design Standards and Guidelines are defined in the User Guide - and are repeated below.

Design Standards: 

Standards mandate planning and design actions that the applicant must incorporate in their project application. Compliance with standards is mandatory and failure to meet a mandatory standard may be used as a basis for the city’s denial of a project application

Design Guidelines: 

Guidelines are voluntary and not mandatory; however, compliance with guidelines may be necessary to meet Design Standards. Guidelines provide a variety of ways to satisfy the Design Standards based on the specific context and site. Failure to meet a voluntary guideline cannot be used by the city as a basis for a project denial.

Context analysis is a prerequisite for application of Design Standards and Design Guidelines.  

Standards and Guidelines Overview

Context Analysis

C1   Natrual Systems
C2   Wildlife Habitat & corridors
C3   Unique & Prominent Features
C4   Built Environment

C5   Systems of Mvement & Access

C6   Public Realm

Site Design Standards

S1     Natural Systems
S2     Wildlife Habitat
S3     Unique Features
S4    Built Environment
S5    Systems of Movement
S6    Public Realm

Public Realm Standards

P1     Walking & Cycling
P2     Vehicles in the Public Realm
P3     Hierarchy of Public Spaces
P4    Connections to Public Spaces
P5    Block & Frontage Patterns
P6    Activity on Commercial Streets


Building Design Standards

B1     Clear Organizing Concept
B2     Appropriate Architectural Language
B3     Façade Composition & Scale
B4    Sustainable Design
B5    Materials & Detailing


Landscape Standards

L1     Landscape & Architecture
L2     Public Realm
L3     Sustainable Features
L4    Green Infrastructure
L5    Wildlife Habitat
L6     Views & View Corridors

Street & Frontage Guidelines

Street Types

1   State Route
2   Main Street
3   Neighborhood Main Street
4   Neighborhood Mixed Use
5   Mixed Use Arterial
6   Rural by Design
7   Green Street
8   Rural Green Street

Frontage Types

1   Linear / Storefront
2   Landscape
3   Plaza
4   Forecourt
5   Stoop / Terrace
6   Vegetated Buffer
7   Parking

Subdivision Guidelines

Supplemental Standards + Guidelines

Larger Sites

Historic Places

Civic Uses

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