1. Greg Tidwell, with Smith Gee Studio, which is working with Kimley-Horn on the plan as a subconsulting firm, said setting design guidelines for new buildings or additions to existing buildings would help set fair and even expectations for new developments, set minimum standards for structures, promote a development pattern and enhance the character of a particular area over time.

    “Most often when you talk about design guidelines, it’s a very small, defined area,” Tidwell said. “Usually they’ll be placed over what we call the overlay district.”

    The recommended design guidelines are to be incorporated into the master plan, Tidwell said. The planners said they intend to unveil the final report on downtown revitalization in mid-February.  >read more<