Adopted in 1995, the Downtown Master Plan (DMP) and urban code established the vision for the downtown area and continues to successfully guide its development. The DMP and urban code regulate the building envelope rather than utilizing conventional planning techniques such as floor area ratio. The code defines different building types and regulates their uses, placement on the lot, parking and height.
The City has implemented the Downtown Master Plan on Clematis Street and in the CityPlace development. All downtown development is subject to the provisions of the Downtown Master Plan and urban code to ensure that all new buildings contribute to the urban life of the city. In regard to civic buildings, the master plan states, “Public spaces and buildings represent community identity and foster civic pride”.
The Downtown Master Plan is designed to meet the following goals:
The downtown area shall be a place of unity, which its residents and visitors, at work or play, feel attached to and responsible for. The downtown area shall be a place of unique character with public spaces in which people feel comfortable together.
The downtown area shall be a memorable place of human interaction, safety, and commercial and cultural benefit.
The downtown shall be a place of common vision and physical predictability for all new building, to ensure security of investment for property owners and developers as well as an aesthetic experience for users.
Make the downtown more pedestrian friendly.
The urban code regulates the building envelope (rather than utilizing conventional planning techniques, such as floor area ratio) to ensure that buildings face the streets and a physically predictable, pedestrian-friendly environment develops.
The code defines different building types and regulates their uses, placement on the lot, parking and height. The intent is to control those elements of the building that form public space.