Title 17E Environmental Standards
Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations
Article VIII. Design Standards Specific to Shoreline Districts
To recognize that people’s relationship to the river and anticipated uses in each district will inform the design of the built environment. Downtown is an intense urban environment where people and views of the falls create much of the interest in being there. New development along the riverfront that will facilitate desired activities is encouraged. These include shopping, dining, walking, biking, jogging, people watching, viewing the falls, and learning the stories of the river through interpretive displays.
To result in an urban pathway design reflecting the form and intensity of adjacent development, as well as a higher level of pedestrian activity.
To ensure that development along the shoreline enhances the natural character of the river and falls including its geologic features and native vegetation.
To create a system of spaces integrated with the ecological systems of the shoreline.
To reduce stormwater runoff rates and volumes, while recognizing that the downtown area will have more intense development and more hard surfaces than other districts.
To protect, enhance and restore native vegetation along the shorelines, while recognizing the more urban nature of vegetation in the downtown area.
To ensure that new buildings are complementary or visually subordinate to the natural splendor of the river and falls, including its geologic features and native vegetation.
To ensure that buildings along the shoreline have two public faces – one along the street, the other along the riverfront.
To ensure that buildings take advantage of their unique shoreline setting and contribute to the vitality and activity of downtown.
To reduce glare and spillover from lighting associated with parking lots or buildings.
Date Passed: Monday, April 19, 2021
Effective Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
ORD C36034 Section 13