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COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR DESIGN
Our commercial corridors should be an asset to surrounding neighborhoods. By improving overall design with design guidelines these, districts can transform over time into pedestrian friendly, attractive places to shop, eat and enjoy the City.
Improving the design quality of Baltimore’s built environment is the goal for the new design standards that restricts building materials while allowing for modern approaches to building design. The code also requires design review for major new construction.
Downtown Baltimore is intended to be a vibrant exciting area with a mix of uses. This code allows for exciting new buildings to be built throughout downtown while creating specific architectural guidelines in some of the older areas that have a unique character to be maintained.
Appropriate site design can help a user get to their destination safely and easily. Site standards can make new developments more pedestrian-friendly while allowing for the efficient movement of vehicles. This code establishes a process to insure all plans are reviewed.
Studies show that greener landscapes in commercial districts help encourage shoppers to stay longer, spend more money and tend to increase property values. The new code includes landscaping standards. To support new citywide storm water management, new greening regulations limit impervious surface coverage for residential zones. The requirements include the building’s footprint and paved areas that prevent water to freely soak into the ground.
The new code includes provisions for shared parking, which allows office workers to use spaces during the day and residents overnight. This will reduce the amount of land needed for parking. New limits on parking garage location and design will add to the vibrancy of downtown. The code will allow for permeable pavers and other lower-impact materials to be used to construct parking.
This code uses standard height limits and defines what is included in building height, such as air conditioners, decks and solar panels. This will give a clear, predictable understanding of how tall buildings can be at all locations.