The following design standards apply to all development within the zoning district and are intended to upgrade the visual quality of the commercial areas in the city, reduce impacts to adjacent property, and to establish standards that reflect the character and quality of the city.
1. Buildings shall be located and designed to focus on the public street serving the development.
2. Building facades facing a public street shall have at least fifty percent of the total wall area in permeable surfaces (windows, pedestrian entrances, open shops, etc.) or permanent architectural details such as false windows.
3. When feasible, parking lots shall be located behind or to the side of structures, and shall not be located on a corner of two streets or between a building and the public street, provided, that building sites with more than one street corner are not required to place the building(s) on multiple corners. For additional off-street parking and design requirements see Chapter 17.56.
4. Pedestrian facilities shall be provided from the public right-of-way to the entrances of all buildings open to the public in a continuous and direct route to the primary pedestrian entrance. Pedestrian routes shall be a minimum of six feet wide and shall be constructed of Portland cement concrete or brick or stone pavers. Pedestrian routes shall be protected from vehicle traffic by curbs, bollards, landscaping or other similar method. Where routes cross vehicle-maneuvering areas they shall be constructed of a different paving material than the vehicle-maneuvering areas.
5. Buildings of historic importance and value as indicated by their age and significance to the community or history may not be required to meet the specific design standards if the imposition of the standards will result in development that is less consistent with the historic character of the area.