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Design Excellence

Principles of the Initiative

  • Inspiration

    Inspiration

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    • Generate a higher awareness of those qualities constituting great design.
    • Inspire higher public benefit through the Commercial/Residential incentive density implementation program.
    • Recognize and display the best examples of environmental stewardship and sustainability in our County.
    • Share inspiration and knowledge through this website and The Third Place blog.
    • Talks by staff and outside experts about Design Excellence and recognized precedents.
    • Curated photo library with realistic, inspirational examples for use in community discussions, master plans, design guidelines and regulatory reviews.
    • Recognize design excellence in the County through an annual Design Award program.
  • Clarity

    Clarity

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    • Improving design guidelines with clear, predictable and fair goals and objectives, through high-quality precedent images and graphics.
    • Improving communication and clarity through increased use of three-dimensional design and modeling tools and graphics.
    • Gallery on website of successful sustainability and well-designed projects within the region.
  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

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    • Development oversight, support and recommendations from a new Director’s Design Advisory Panel.
    • Developer support from staff trained in best practices in architectural design, urban design, landscape design and regulatory review.
    • Further implementation of a Concept Design Review process prior to Sketch Plan Review.
    • Coordination with public agencies and municipalities to generate a singular voice and messaging on the importance of design excellence throughout the County.
    • Improving zoning density incentives to encourage better design and public benefits.
Last Updated: September 21, 2017