Design Guidelines

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BACKGROUND | After almost several years of community discussions, research, design tours, surveys, and community outreach and engagement events, an outgrowth of the Division Design Initiative work has led to the creation of Draft Design Guidelines for Division!

Draft Division Design Guidelines Cover ImageThe design guidelines are proposed for Division from 11th-60th, consistent with the 2006 adopted Division Green Street/Main Street Plan. Purpose and goals of the Design Guidelines are to enhance building and street design and clarify community goals and priorities for new development (see detailed goals and priorities listed below).

View the shorter earlier adopted 2016 version of the Provisionally Adopted Draft Division Design Guidelines

Adoption Status of the Design Guidelines | Draft Division Design Guidelines were provisionally adopted in Fall 2016 by 4 neighborhood associations and two business associations as of Fall 2016. Community edits from this process have been incorporated and an updated version was distributed widely for public review in May 2018. The following groups have adopted the guidelines:

  • Adopted by Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood District (HAND): Provisionally adopted the short version Division Design Guidelines in July 2016. View HAND Comments & Proposed Edits to the 2016 Draft. Formal board adoption of the 2018 draft in June 2018.
  • Adopted by Richmond Neighborhood Association (RNA): Provisionally adopted the Short Version of the Division Design Guidelines in November 2016. Formal board adoption of the 2018 draft in June 2018.
  • Adopted by Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association (HBBA): Provisionally adopted the Short version of the Division Design Guidelines in  Fall 2016. HBBA Board unanimously adopted the 2018 draft in June 2018.
  • Division Design Committee: Draft approved with a recommendation for broader neighborhood adoption in May 2016
  • South Tabor Neighborhood Association (STNA): Provisionally adopted the Division Design Guidelines in June 2016 (with a request they extend to 81st or 82nd)
  • Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA): Provisionally adopted the Division Design Guidelines in July 2016 (with a request they extend to 81st or 82nd) View MTNA Comments & Proposed Edits
  • Division Clinton Business Association (DCBA): Provisionally adopted with unanimous support on August 16th 2016.

How was the Community Involved? With support from neighborhood and business associations, a Division Design Committee with appointed and elected community community representatives, a Division Design Task Force,  design consultants (Urbsworks & Design+Culture Lab), as well as many volunteers have collaborated together to create design guidelines. The community has been closely involved through extensive surveys and outreach events, design committees, as well as through the seven participating SE neighborhood organizations on the Design Committee . Additionally, all community members were encouraged to attend the open design committee monthly meetings held monthly at SE Uplift between March 2014 and May 2016.

Overview of the process for creating the Division Design Guidelines:

  1. Formation of an Inter-neighborhood Division Design Committee and Design Task Force (Spring 2014)
  2. Extensive research and community outreach through background documents of related plans and policies, online and paper surveys, PSU student planning projects, and extensive outreach at monthly public meeting and community events (Spring 2014-Summer 2015)
  3. Technical design and policy support from design consultants (See RFP Scope of Work Phase 1)  The Division Design Committee sought qualified design consultants to assist with creating design guidelines for SE Division Street. The scope of design work extended from 11th to 60th, consistent with the adopted 2006 Division Green Street/Main Street Plan. Work included facilitating community design process, writing detailed design criteria that helps articulate community design preferences for priority design topics, and producing a downloadable design guidelines booklet.
  4. 1st Draft – Consultant and Community Draft Design Guidelines  (a.k.a. The Draft Resource Guide to Creating Division Design Guidelines or the “long version of the draft design guidelines” (Summer-Fall 2015)
  5. 2nd Draft – Design Task Force draft guidelines (a.k.a. the “Cheat Sheet for Designers” or the “short version of the guidelines”) (Spring 2016)
  6. Recommended Design Committee Draft of the Division Design Guidelines (May 2016)
  7. Policy Recommendations for new Mixed Use Division Plan District, Comprehensive Plan, and DOZA (ongoing)

Scope & Applicability of the Guidelines | The scope of the guidelines match the Division Green Street/Main Street Plan boundaries along Division from 11th to 60th, however both STNA and MTNA approval recommendations have encouraged these also extend to 81st or 82nd. The proposed design guidelines are voluntary, unlike standards which are mandatory. However it has been suggested to the City that these be considered for incorporation into the Division Plan District as part of the new Mixed Use Zoning, which would provide an opportunity for relevant guidelines to be turned into required standards.

Purpose & Goals for the Division Design Guidelines

• Create Design Guidelines consistent with the goals and area addressed by the Division Green Street/Main Street Plan (11th-60th)
• Clearly articulate the neighborhood design goals and community design preferences for Division Street
• Improve compatibility of new development with existing neighborhood/business context
• Improve processes for neighborhood/business engagement with developers working on or near Division Street
• Provide the Division community and adjacent neighborhoods with design tools, resources and terminology to more effectively advocate for community design priorities and preferences
• Reduce neighborhood and/or business association conflicts and improve overall planning and community process with architects, developers and project applicants by providing clear direction on community goals and design preferences
• Give the community a better voice in design and future development so that they can help to shape this change to reflect the community’s values as the Division corridor evolves
• Create design guidelines that can be used not only for the Division corridor but also as model example for other neighborhoods in the city and other communities that are facing similar issues

Background | View the “Division Design Guidelines Request for Proposals (RFP)” for more background on the Division Design Initiative and the need for creating Division Design Guidelines: RFP for Design Guidelines consultant 12.1.14 FINAL

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Sincere thanks to the more than 1,000 people who have participated during this two year project!


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