Plans devoted to aesthetic and visual resources in the built and natural environment including architectural character (historic buildings, landmarks) and landscape features (distinctive views of hills, mountains and rivers) and the prevention of visual blight such as strip architecture and signage along commercial corridors.


To protect community character by preventing inappropriate design and preserve existing visual assets.


It may be difficult to establish design and aesthetic standards that cannot be challenged as arbitrary and capricious.

Capacity Requirements:

  1. Additional administrative burden because discretionary review will be necessary.
  2. New review board may be required.


Can protect and enhance community character beyond the protections afforded by the comprehensive plan and zoning.


Useful Community Development Working Paper

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