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Residential Design Guidelines Update

Residential Design Guidelines Update

The City has just updated the Residential Design Guidelines to Objective Residential Standards.  The final adopted documents with the udpated standards is available here: 

Final Objective Residential Standards - Adopted August 15, 2023


The Planning Commission discussed the document on March 29th and May 18th and then adopted a resolution on June 15th making recommendations to City Council on the draft document.  City Council reviewed the Planning Commission recommendations as a discussion item at their July 18th meeting.

A public hearing was held at the City Council's August 15, 2023 meeting, where City Council adopted the final Objective Residential Standards and introduced the implementing ordinances.  Once the implementing ordinances are effective, these standards will be applicable and will replace the 2003 Residential Design Guidelines.


Draft Objective Residential Standards - Aug 2023

Draft Objective Residential Standards and Design Guidelines - May 2023 Version

Draft Objective Residential Design Standards - January 2023 Version


The City is accepting public comments on the draft document. Please submit your comments by email to 

The City hosted a Community Workshop at a Special Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 to discuss the January 2023 draft document.

The City hosted a Virtual Community Workshop via Zoom on Monday January 10, 2022 to launch an update to the Residential Design Guidelines to develop Objective Residential Design Standards.

The City launched a community survey to gain community input on preparing the objective standards. The survey was available from January 11, 2022 through January 31, 2022. Below is a summary sheet of the project.

Survey Results - January 2022

Residential Design Guidelines Update – summary sheet

If you would like to provide any additional feedback or provide more detailed input on preparing the objective standards, you may do so by sending your comments to

Below you will find the Virtual Community Workshop video and the PowerPoint presentation:

You can also view the Virtual Community Workshop video in the City’s YouTube channel (

The Residential Design Guidelines provide criteria to guide residential development in residential zones throughout the City.  The current guidelines were adopted in 2003 and require an update.

Current Residential Design Guidelines (2003)

The goal for the update is to provide straight-forward criteria that aim to reflect existing character of neighborhoods so new buildings are compatible with established development. The City wants to:

  • Encourage housing that fits well
  • Capture opportunities for new/updated housing in single-family and multi-family neighborhoods
  • Adopt standards for the R-1A zone, aka "Tall and Skinny" homes
  • Maintain overall community character

The updated guidelines would:

  • Guide design of buildings through illustrations, diagrams, and photo samples
  • Provide clear direction to applicants and staff
  • Provide standards that are verifiable and measurable