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 the Great Gorge district will inform the design of the built environment. The Great Gorge district is a rugged area of steep bluffs, fast water, native plants and wildlife. Passive recreational opportunities are interwoven with residential uses. New development along the riverfront that maintains the natural character of the river gorge as a backdrop for recreation activities is encouraged. These include walking, bicycling, fishing, kayaking, rafting, observing birds/wildlife, and learning the stories of the river through interpretive displays.
To result in a pathway design, reflecting the mostly residential, lower intensity of adjacent development, as well as the modest level of pedestrian activity.
To protect, restore, and enhance the natural character of the river including its geologic features and native vegetation.
To recognize that the Great Gorge area will have more open development that can allow for more pervious surfaces.
To create a system of spaces integrated with the ecological systems of the shoreline.
To recognize the dramatic natural landscape of the Great Gorge setting.
To incorporate innovative methods of capturing and filtering run-off.
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 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 15