Design Guidelines

As we challenge what a city is and what impact it can have on the lives of those who live, work, and play there, we look to emerging areas to set an example of what that vision should look like. More urban environments are becoming self sufficient, growing economically, drawing residents and visitors, and becoming the front runners for culture, sustainability, and healthy active lifestyles.

The Skyway Marina District has great potential for development and growth with unique amenities, location, and community. Through proper planning the District can become a commercial hub that can compete with neighboring areas.

These guidelines are meant to create a vision for the Skyway Marina District and show ways in which to implement that vision. Shaping the District’s identity through branding and place making, improving development to create economic prosperity and public activation are essential. How to design for public spaces in order to generate, connect, activate and maintain the District’s growth are discussed. Suggestions are provided for public space, street and architectural design, environmental
sustainability, and other related topics.

With these guidelines, the Skyway Marina District will have the tool set to begin transforming itself into a cohesive place where many people will be happy to live, work, play, visit, and boat.

These design guidelines are intended for the use of developers, design professionals, city planners, and the general community and public. The guidelines provide a clear understanding of what the City urges project applicants to strive for in designing new development, updating existing buildings and spaces, and ways in which to improve the atmosphere of the District. These guidelines range in suggestions from art and architecture, to public space and activation.

Following these guidelines will ensure a consistent cohesive design to the District. Using the elements and strategies outlined below in the development of the District will assist in finding specific ways in which to implement these design guidelines in small and large scale applications. The guidelines are focused into two categories; building design and private-public connection through site design.

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